Kushalta Ke Kadam

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

  • Diparani Payung

    Diparani Payung

    Diparani from Assam's Mising tribe, sustains her household by sewing and training other women & girls. At 13 years of age, she started stitching skirts and frocks by running several experiments on her sister’s silai machine. Little did she know that later in life, she would upskill 36 girls in what she considered her hobby. On learning about USHA’s Silai School Intervention in Majuli, she joined the training to enhance her income. She participated in the 7 days training program, and efficiently established her Silai School. Today she earns Rs. 8000. Teaching her skills to students brings her the most joy.

  • Matilda Mary

    Matilda Mary

    Matilda Mary of Eraiyur, Tamil Nadu, is a self employed tailoring and training entrepreneur. A week long professional tailoring programme by Usha Silai in 2010 was a turning point in Matlida’s life. When Usha gave her a machine, she had set up a centre in the front yard of her house. She trained women from her village for a modest 500 rupees a month. Her quality of work and training became a massive hit and women from her village and the neighborhood flocked to her to get their dresses made and learn sewing. She has trained nearly 200 women in her village.

  • Rita Devi

    Rita Devi

    Rita devi who hails from chotki Sandiya, Bhojpur district of Ara, Bihar had the urge to learn art forms and wanted to adopt new skills. Her wish came true as she got the opportunity to learn at Usha silai school. Rita attended a 7-day training program which helped her to learn about the Sujani art form. Today, Rita trains an ample amount of women about the sujani art and adds skills upon their fingers to script a revolution in areas where traditional form burns bright. Rita has truly shown that learning has no age. She is making her family proud and empowering many other women like her.

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Through USHA Silai Schools, Women Entrepreneurs Are Generating Jobs And Providing Livelihoods
Through USHA Silai Schools, Women Entrepreneurs Are Generating Jobs And Providing Livelihoods

Through USHA Silai schools many women have expanded their small home-based set-ups to improve not just their own prospects but also generate jobs and provide livelihoods for other women. Here's how the Silai Heroes trained by the USHA Silai School Programme are changing their own world, and that of others.

In UP, West Bengal And Odisha, USHA Silai Schools Are Working With NGOs To Empower Rural Women
In UP, West Bengal And Odisha, USHA Silai Schools Are Working With NGOs To Empower Rural Women

The rural women of Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal have undergone stitching and sewing training in USHA Training Centres, and learned new and traditional art forms of stitching garments. Most of these women are now financially independent and are imparting their knowledge to other women in their villages.

USHA Silai Schools Are Breathing New Life To Discarded Clothes And Reviving Traditional Arts And Crafts
USHA Silai Schools Are Breathing New Life To Discarded Clothes And Reviving Traditional Arts And Crafts

USHA Silai school women are reducing waste generated, by upcycling discarded clothes through traditional stitching practices. These are also increasing the quality and value of their products, enhancing their earnings and improving their lives

USHA-TATA Power Are Empowering Women By Setting Up Solar Power Training And Production Centres
USHA-TATA Power Are Empowering Women By Setting Up Solar Power Training And Production Centres

USHA-TATA Power Training Cum Production has partnered to set up solar powered silai training schools and production centres in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The partnership is targeting over 20 USHA centres across 200 villages in the two states.

USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers
USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

USHA-NDTV Kushalta Ke Kadam has been working towards empowering women across India. This time they are making an effort to bring a change in the lives of tribal women by recognising their talent and nurturing their skills.

Kushalta Ke Kadam Season 7: NDTV-USHA Initiative To Empower Rural Women
Kushalta Ke Kadam Season 7: NDTV-USHA Initiative To Empower Rural Women

Kushalta Ke Kadam, an initiative by NDTV and USHA, aims at empowering women from rural India and encouraging them to become entrepreneurs by taking up sewing and training others in their respective communities.

Kushalta Ke Kadam: Adopt A Silai School And Help Transform The Lives Of Rural Women
Kushalta Ke Kadam: Adopt A Silai School And Help Transform The Lives Of Rural Women

Several women around the country benefited from USHA's innovative ‘Adopt A Silai School' campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the world had shut down and lakhs of people were trying to make ends meet. Because of the chances offered by the initiative, the 54 Silai Schools that were adopted during the course of the programme were able to weather the pandemic. Here's how the campaign has impacted the lives of women in need across the country's rural areas.

USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers
USHA Silai School Fulfills The Growing Demand For Training Through Master Trainers

With the increasing number of silai schools across India, the USHA Silai School program required more quality trainers, hence came up with the concept of Master Trainers.

USHA Partners With UNFPA To Take Life Skills Education To Rural Women
USHA Partners With UNFPA To Take Life Skills Education To Rural Women

USHA International and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), formerly known as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities have collaborated to develop life skills module for women in rural areas of India.

Tales Of Self-Reliance: USHA Silai School And Corporate Partnerships Are Empowering Women
Tales Of Self-Reliance: USHA Silai School And Corporate Partnerships Are Empowering Women

The USHA Silai School aims at taking the women's journey beyond being upskilled and independent. The focus is to induce an entrepreneurship culture among women in rural areas. USHA is working towards enabling and empowering women through partnerships with corporates like Aavas Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation and Balrampur Chini Mills Limited (BCML).

About the Initiative

About the Initiative

Kushalta Ke Kadam, an initiative undertaken in collaboration by NDTV and USHA, aims at empowering women from rural India and encourages to become financially independent. It motivates them to become entrepreneurs by taking up sewing and training others in their respective communities. Since 2011, Usha Silai Campaign has trained more than 8 lakh women from rural areas, with over 26,878 Silai schools, spanning over 15,689 villages across India.

Kushalta Ke Kadam in Season 6 has returned with new goals, vision, and many new success stories. The new season will witness the establishment of the new partnerships with government, corporate and institutions.It celebrates the women who sustained during the pandemic when the world economy was collapsing, when people were losing their jobs.

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Adopt a Silai School

Adopt a Silai School

Do you want to be a part of the huge change that Usha Silai School is bringing about in the lives of millions of rural women? With just a simple click of a button, you can now contribute towards the opening of an Usha Silai School or support various other aspects of the school.