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Kushalta ke Kadam: USHA Silai School Empowers 36-Year-Old Preeti To Build A Better Future

The aim of USHA Silai School has always been to empower the vulnerable and provide them with a better source of livelihood. Keeping up with its motive, here is how the initiative has changed the life of 36-year-old Preeti Khushwaha, a resident of Mustafabad village of Bangarmau block in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. After training from the Silai school, not only did Preeti build a better life for herself and her family, but also helped over 1,500 women in and around her village to learn stitching and become financially independent.

Kushalta ke Kadam: USHA Silai School Empowers 36-Year-Old Preeti To Build A Better Future

Preeti Khushwaha had a very humble beginning and just like other women of her village, she had to give up her education. Her family married her off at the age of 18 years after which, as a wife, she was expected to restrict herself to running the household, have children and manage the survival of the family with the meagre income of her husband. But she was determined to make her and her family's future better.

Kushalta ke Kadam: USHA Silai School Empowers 36-Year-Old Preeti To Build A Better Future

In 2011, she got to know about USHA Silai School and signed up for a 7-day residential training. After convincing her husband, Preeti got trained from the Silai school and came back to her village armed with a sewing machine, certificate, signage board, syllabus book and a service manual from the Usha International Limited. She was ready to start her own Silai school.

Kushalta ke Kadam: USHA Silai School Empowers 36-Year-Old Preeti To Build A Better Future

The families in her village were reluctant at first but then she got three students to join her tailoring school. And as the news spread through word of mouth, by the end of the year she had 30 students.

Kushalta ke Kadam: USHA Silai School Empowers 36-Year-Old Preeti To Build A Better Future

So far, Preeti has trained over 500 women from her village and about 1,000 from the nearby villages. Five of her students have opened their own Silai schools in the nearby villages.

Kushalta ke Kadam: USHA Silai School Empowers 36-Year-Old Preeti To Build A Better Future

Today on an average she teaches 24 students every day. She has five sewing machines in her school where she teaches a variety of stitching skills from basic garments to embroidery. She also earns a good amount from stitching suit, frock, and other garments for ladies.

Kushalta ke Kadam: USHA Silai School Empowers 36-Year-Old Preeti To Build A Better Future

Preeti's hard work helped her leave behind her struggling days. She now earns over Rs. 20,000 per month.

Kushalta ke Kadam: USHA Silai School Empowers 36-Year-Old Preeti To Build A Better Future

According to Preeti, along with hand-holding by USHA Silai School's, the cooperation and support from her husband have played an important role in success.

Kushalta ke Kadam: USHA Silai School Empowers 36-Year-Old Preeti To Build A Better Future

By turning adversity into an opportunity, Preeti has not only changed her life, she also made her children's future better and is helping other women also to become financially independent.

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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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