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Once Manual Scavengers, Bhagwanta Bai And Anusuya Are Now Building Their Own Legacy

Bhagwanta Bai from Madhya Pradesh was forced to become a manual scavenger after her marriage by her in-laws. Unable to bear prejudices and ill-treatment from the society she decided to build a new life with skills of stitching and sewing

Once Manual Scavengers, Bhagwanta Bai And Anusuya Are Now Building Their Own Legacy

Forced to work as a manual scavenger, Bhagwanta Bai was socially treated as an outcaste. When she could no longer take the daily taunts and insults, she decided to quit the profession and enroll herself into the Usha Silai School programme to learn sewing. Since, then she has never looked back.

Once Manual Scavengers, Bhagwanta Bai And Anusuya Are Now Building Their Own Legacy

"People who would never visit us, now drop in and eat with us," says Bhagwanta Bai. Her life has changed for good now and she is able to run her household with her income from tailoring.

Once Manual Scavengers, Bhagwanta Bai And Anusuya Are Now Building Their Own Legacy

Bhagwanta Bai's daughter in-law is the next generation of her family who has quit the demeaning profession.

Once Manual Scavengers, Bhagwanta Bai And Anusuya Are Now Building Their Own Legacy

Bhagawanta Bai along with her daughter-in-law is tailoring and teaching sewing to other women. With help from NGOs like Udaan and Jan Sahas, many women across India have taken up sewing and are building a better life for themselves and their families.

Once Manual Scavengers, Bhagwanta Bai And Anusuya Are Now Building Their Own Legacy

"We were treated as untouchables in school. Other students made life so hard for us that we had to drop out" says Anusuya another manual scavenger who rebelled and quit the profession. She faced many adversities, especially since her in-laws shunned her for quitting their family profession.

Once Manual Scavengers, Bhagwanta Bai And Anusuya Are Now Building Their Own Legacy

When her family turned against her, Anusuya found support from her husband. He also quit the demeaning profession and assisted Anusuya in her tailoring business. Today, he feels proud of his wife for showing courage and pushing herself against all odds to provide a better life to their children.

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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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