In the face of gender disparity in a mainly agro-based rural economy and abysmal illiteracy levels in particular, rural women required assistance in developing skills and relevant knowledge. Therefore, RDT started vocational trainings for skill development in 1993. For many women, vocational training in skills such as tailoring, embroidery, making incense sticks, sanitary napkins and assorted handicraft designing like kalamkari, proves beneficial for small scale enterprise and supplemental income creation. RDT opened various Vocational Training Centres (VTCs), provided raw materials, ensured marketing network and mobilised resources from other programmes and facilities to make small-scale business and self-employment viable for women
Financial inputs for small scale businesses like milch cattle, goat and chicken farming are managed through Women Development Fund (WDF), especially in arid, rain dependent areas with poor agricultural yield. Scented-agarbathi making is one of the popular skills training programme.It is easy to learn, requires less capital and on marketing, fetches a reasonable income, better, and less intensive, than paid causal labour schemes (like the government’s MG-NREGS). RDT assistance in this respect has been very beneficial for divorced, widowed women and the poorest illiterate women. After skills development, they are earning daily incomes ranging from Rs. 75 to Rs. 125.