Kushalta Ke Kadam

Women Entrepreneurs

  • Hasuben Mohanbhai Rabari

    Hasuben Mohanbhai Rabari

    Hasuben Mohanbhai Rabari from the Rabari community of Gujarat learnt traditional embroidery from her mother. She learnt stitching from USHA Silai School. Now she is combining both the skills to create finished products and earn about Rs. 10,000 per month on an average. She working towards making this unique style called Rabari Embroidery stand out in the crowd. She also teaches young girls of her village to do the same.

  • Kusum Devi

    Kusum Devi

    After her family abandoned her, Kusum Devi of Hasanpur, Bihar started working with Bhojpur Mahila Kala Kendra (BMKK). BMKK with the help of the USHA Silai school, gave her a purpose. She is a master of a master of an ancient form of embroidery called Sujani, now has her own Silai school. Sujani is an ancient form of embroidery from Bihar. For smaller pieces, she is able earn approximately Rs. 4,000 and the bigger pieces created by her are sold for over Rs. 5,000.

  • Chandam Sunita Devi

    Chandam Sunita Devi

    Chandam Sunita Devi, artisan and USHA Silai Hero from Manipur, started her own Silai School in 2016 with an aim to take forward the traditional designing and production techniques. She makes beddings and mosquito nets. During wedding season, she is able to earn over Rs. 60,000 per month by making beddings for the newly wed couples. She has shown that one does not need a degree to become a successful entrepreneur and help empower others.

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USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building
USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

After the success of USHA Silai schools at various levels, government entities have come forward to join hands with USHA and seek support for the skill development of the rural women of India. Here is how USHA's partnership with the CWA (CRPF family Welfare Association) and the Government of Rajasthan making a difference.

USHA Silai School Creates New Opportunities For Women In Partnership With SIDBI
USHA Silai School Creates New Opportunities For Women In Partnership With SIDBI

SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) under its flagship initiative Mission Swavalamban, has partnered with USHA for promoting entrepreneurship among rural women. The collaboration is venturing out for setting up 2,450 USHA Swavalamban Silai Schools which will be done in three phases across various villages of India. The objective of Mission Swavalamban is to shift the focus from job-seekers to job-creators.

Here Is How Tribal Exclusive USHA Silai Schools Initiative Is Making A Difference
Here Is How Tribal Exclusive USHA Silai Schools Initiative Is Making A Difference

In India, the tribal population is more than 10 crore and is larger than that of any other country in the world. However, despite the protection given to the tribal population, it remains the most marginalised group in the country, on the three most important indicators of development- health, education and income. With an aim to improve the status of the marignalised tribal communities, the USHA Silai School Progamme launched the 'Tribal Exclusive Usha Silai School Project'. The objective of the initiative is to support tribal women, by helping them earn a better income.

Here Is How USHA Silai Schools Are Preserving Indigenous Art And Craft
Here Is How USHA Silai Schools Are Preserving Indigenous Art And Craft

The USHA Silai School program is playing a critical role in restoring and promoting traditional art and crafts. The Silai heroes have been using their skill and creativity to preserve indigenous art and also to increase their earnings through the fusion of traditional art with modern skills. Here is how three Silai Heroes from Gujarat, Bihar and Manipur are doing their bit in not only preserving indigenous art but also earn a livelihood and helping other women also in becoming financially independent.

Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives
Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives

The USHA Silai Training and Production Centres are central facility created especially for rural women to assemble, get trained in sewing and stitching and also make products for the market. The Bhagwan Singh Memorial Foundation in Punjab, SANKALP NGO in Odisha and Galaxy enterprise in Meghalaya are three such centres that are empowering the rural women and making a difference.

USHA Silai Women Now Connected With Online Market, Thanks To The New Mobile App
USHA Silai Women Now Connected With Online Market, Thanks To The New Mobile App

The COVID-19 crisis has brought a change in way people, the global economy, business, and even social activities run. When physical movement and gatherings were restricted, it was the virtual world that people turned to. Companies accelerated digitization, and moved all their operations online, as it was the only way to save drowning economies. It was the need of the hour. And it was no different for the women of the USHA Silai Schools.

Sustenance Of USHA Silai School Teachers And Their Contribution To Society During Crisis
Sustenance Of USHA Silai School Teachers And Their Contribution To Society During Crisis

When COVID-19 pandemic induced lockdown led to the loss of jobs and financial crisis in many homes, USHA, skilled women in mask making which not only supported their families, making them sole bread winners, but also opened income opportunities for their learners as well. Teaching women about mask making during the pandemic not only benefitted the women to create items to protect themselves from coronavirus and their families but also it generated some income for them and their students during the crisis. Gouri Das, Kalawati Sharma and Jayashree Janardhan Ghodvinde are three of the eight lakh women who worked non-stop during the coronavirus outbreak, sustaining not only themselves, but other Silai School students and teachers as well.

USHA Silai Heroes Go Beyond Training Centres And Become The Change Makers
USHA Silai Heroes Go Beyond Training Centres And Become The Change Makers

USHA Silai Schools women eventually emerge as change catalysts, willing to make a difference and act against the prevailing social issues. They work as social activists and contribute towards the betterment of the community at large. Here is how three such women are making a difference by empowering others after empowering themselves.

Here Is How Businesses Are Helping USHA Silai School Create New Livelihood Opportunities For Women In Need
Here Is How Businesses Are Helping USHA Silai School Create New Livelihood Opportunities For Women In Need

With an aim to help the women from low-income families overcome their struggles, USHA Silai School partnered with NEEPCO (North Eastern Electric Power Corporation) - a power generation company in the North-Eastern region of the country, Dalmia Bharat Foundation- a not-for-profit organization under Dalmia Bharat Group and Alfa Laval- a Swedish Company found in 1883.

USHA Silai School Collaborates With Institutions That Promote Sustainability
USHA Silai School Collaborates With Institutions That Promote Sustainability

In 2011, USHA Silai School began with the aim of empowering rural women to become entrepreneurs and give sewing lessons in their respective communities. But over the years, the Silai School initiative has evolved and today it is not only limited to giving sewing lessons and a silai machine to women to open their own silai school, but also works towards contributing its bit in the conservation of the environment by promoting sustainability. In this season of Kushalta Ke Kadam, the USHA Silai School initiative joined hands with organisations in Ladakh and Maharashtra that work towards protecting environment and supporting local people.

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 omen 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.