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Despite Physical And Mental Challenges, USHA Silai School Women Are Carving A Path For Themselves

Meet the USHA Silai school heroes who have created a pathway for themselves and uplifted others in learning stitching and sewing skills, despite the physical challenges and social prejudices they have been facing in their lives

Despite Physical And Mental Challenges, USHA Silai School Women Are Carving A Path For Themselves

USHA is turning women into entrepreneurs and the Local Resource Persons (LRPs). LRPs are those women who are already employed as Silai school teachers with USHA. It is made sure that they are associated with USHA for at least three years and are competent administrators of the Silai School program.

Despite Physical And Mental Challenges, USHA Silai School Women Are Carving A Path For Themselves

From dealing with despair and anxiety after her husband's death to becoming a local resource person for USHA, it has been a remarkable decade for 41-year-old Salma Bano from Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli district.

Despite Physical And Mental Challenges, USHA Silai School Women Are Carving A Path For Themselves

Ms. Bano started as a Silai school teacher but today she has earned her identity as a Trainer, Motivator and Counsellor. Currently, she has ten learners being trained in her Silai School.

Despite Physical And Mental Challenges, USHA Silai School Women Are Carving A Path For Themselves

Today, the confident Ms. Bano not only manages her training and stitching but also steps out regularly to mobilise other women, encouraging them to be self-employed and learn new skills.

Despite Physical And Mental Challenges, USHA Silai School Women Are Carving A Path For Themselves

Local Resource Persons(LRPs) are drawn from within the community and are trained well by USHA as they work as a channel between the organisation and Silai School Teachers.

Despite Physical And Mental Challenges, USHA Silai School Women Are Carving A Path For Themselves

Anti Devi, an adivasi from remote Sonbhadra in eastern UP, and Annapurna Devi, a qualified teacher from Varanasi are working and training other women as a local resource person.

Despite Physical And Mental Challenges, USHA Silai School Women Are Carving A Path For Themselves

Paralysed at limbs, Minaben battled her disability as well as social prejudice due to her physical constraints, by joining the USHA Silai school. She is now a Master Trainer and a Local Resource Person (LRP) in Dolka, Gujarat.

Despite Physical And Mental Challenges, USHA Silai School Women Are Carving A Path For Themselves

In the past seven years, Ms Minaben has transitioned from an USHA Silai School learner to a Master Trainer and is now working as a Local Resource Person.

Despite Physical And Mental Challenges, USHA Silai School Women Are Carving A Path For Themselves

Today, Ms. Minaben runs a production centre along with specially-abled women in Dholka. She has never charged a single penny from these women for the training, as she believes that she owes this service to every specially-abled woman in society.

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About the Initiative

About the Initiative

Kushalta Ke Kadam, an initiative by NDTV and USHA, aims at empowering women from rural India and encourages them to become entrepreneurs by taking up sewing and training others in their respective communities. Since 2011 Usha Silai Campaign has trained more than 3.95 lakh rural women within five years, with 17,000 Silai schools, spanning over 9272 Indian villages in India.

 

Kushalta Ke Kadam in Season 4 has returned with new goals and vision. The new season will witness the establishment of the new cluster in Kashmir, apart from the existing four clusters setup last year. The women from volatile Kashmir will work with well-known fashion designer Rohit Bal and get an unique opportunity to learn from him and make clothes for him. The work done by the Silai School women will be presented at Lakme Fashion week 2019.

 

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