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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.

Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives

The training and production centre model came was established in 2015, and the benefit to the women associated with it was immediately apparent. The training and production centre is specially designed to give advance training of 15 days to women- 2 days mechanical and 13 days of sewing and stitching to the women.

Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives

A training and production centre of the Bhagwan Singh Memorial Foundation, in the village of Rasulpur, in Nawanshahr district of Punjab, is engaged in various socio-economic welfare activities in the region along with empowering the Silai women.

Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives

As part of the training and production centre model, the USHA Silai School programme brings its expertise of specialised training, customised to the needs of the partner, which could be anything from bags and uniforms to accessories, garments and so on. The training is then given at two levels - basic and advanced - depending on the skill of the learners.

Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives

Galaxy Enterprise in partnership with the USHA Silai School Program opened a training and production centre at Tura, Shillong.

Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives

The training centre not only provided an additional skill to 30 beneficiaries but also an alternative and sustainable source of livelihood.

Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives

After training, Galaxy Enterprise appointed a coordinator to handhold beneficiaries and manage centre on a day-to-day basis. The women entrepreneurs received orders from the local market and delivered around 30 nighties in April this year, prior to the lockdown and collectively earned Rs. 12,000. Women at the production centre also stitched petticoats and earned Rs. 6000. Currently, an order of 50 frocks is in the final stage which will bring them Rs. 25,000.

Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives

NGO Sankalp, in collaboration with the USHA Silai school program is another organisation that is making efforts to create potential women entrepreneurs. The centre established by the NGO is the only skill development institute in 5 village panchayats. It has created 20 women entrepreneurs, and distributed 8,000 masks in nearby villages, free of cost during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives

This centre typifies the programme's hub and spoke model, where the centre is the hub, and the benefits spread outwards to all those associated with it.

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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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