Livelihood opportunities in the Basti were found to be limited in scope and capacity with incomes mostly seasonal and dependent on tourists and pilgrims. Skill deficits were another cause for unemployment of younger residents. The livelihood generation initiative facilitates employment and income generation through life skills and vocational training programmes with linkages to employment opportunities generated within the project.
The training centre for tailoring and embroidery in the Basti has been functional since May 2008. It imparts basic and/or advanced training in traditional hand embroidery (aari & zardozi), machine embroidery and tailoring. As of now, the centre has trained or upgraded existing skills of more than 100 adolescents and women from the Basti.
Embroidery and Tailoring courses are now certified by the Jan Shiksha Sansthan (JSS), Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India. A new curriculum is being designed for the certificate courses, to be replicated in other JSS centres across the country.