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Equality Shouldn't Be About Gender, Prove These Two Women With Their Work

After getting training under the Usha Silai School programme for seven days, Lajjawati and Poonam, both from a remote part of Uttar Pradesh, started their own sewing training centres. Both these women have gained respect of their fellow villagers for their hard work and stitching skills

Equality Shouldn't Be About Gender, Prove These Two Women With Their Work

Lajjawati, resident of the Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh, has been running her sewing school since 2012 after completing a seven day sewing and embroidery training from the USHA Silai School.

Equality Shouldn't Be About Gender, Prove These Two Women With Their Work

Starting off with only one sewing machine and limited resources, Lajjawati has significantly expanded her sewing school and has now bought more machines.

Equality Shouldn't Be About Gender, Prove These Two Women With Their Work

Having trained over 50 women in her village, Lajjawati currently teaches a class of 10 students and earns approximately Rs 1500 monthly.

Equality Shouldn't Be About Gender, Prove These Two Women With Their Work

Today, Lajjawati has a regular source of income, is educating her children and has managed to make a dent in the male dominated social structure of her village.

Equality Shouldn't Be About Gender, Prove These Two Women With Their Work

Poonam Verma, 32, a resident of the Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh started her sewing school in 2013.

Equality Shouldn't Be About Gender, Prove These Two Women With Their Work

Having successfully run her school for the past 4 years, she has trained over 50 women in her village.

Equality Shouldn't Be About Gender, Prove These Two Women With Their Work

From the money she earns out of teaching sewing, Poonam is educating her three children.

Equality Shouldn't Be About Gender, Prove These Two Women With Their Work

Poonam believes that women and girls can become successful entrepreneurs simply by learning a basic skill such as sewing. She hopes that more women can step out and try their hand at starting a small business.

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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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