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USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

After the success of USHA Silai schools at various levels, government entities have come forward to join hands with USHA and seek support for the skill development of the rural women of India. Here is how USHA's partnership with the CWA (CRPF family Welfare Association) and the Government of Rajasthan making a difference.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

CWA and USHA have collaborated to skill and generate income prospects for the families of CRPF personnel. The USHA-CWA partnership aims to help in their socio-economic empowerment.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

Under the USHA-CWA partnership, Silai training centres are being established in 12 locations of CRPF for the wives and widows of CRPF jawans.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

Currently, 15 ladies are being trained at USHA-CWA Silai School and many other women who are interested will be trained later. These 15 women will be given advanced training. After that, three women will be selected to be trained as master trainers. They can then start training other women and earn money for themselves.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

CRPF welfare association in partnership with USHA has provided a sewing machine to each woman.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

This is an advanced level production training of the selected Silai Heroes and for 15 days they follow a set syllabus that has targets and goals to be achieved and a level of proficiency to be attained.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

The women of CRPF are learning a new thing each day. For some, the training is the utilisation of spare time while for others it is a chance to make name for themselves.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

So far 90 women in total have been trained and certified from six centres in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

The Government of Rajasthan has also partnered with the USHA Silai School program along with an NGO called Unnayan Samiti to train 100 women in four districts across the state- Jaipur, Kota, Dholpur and Pratapgarh.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

The partnership with the State Government of Rajasthan is through the Rajasthan Knowledge Corporation Limited (RKCL) which is a public sector undertaking of the state which works on empowering and skilling rural women.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

The learners will be provided with sewing skill training and will also learn how to repair and run the sewing machines. They are expected to go back to their villages and become Silai School teachers who will in turn further train other rural women in sewing skills.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

Unnayan Samiti, an NGO that works on women's issues, especially health and social empowerment is a key facilitator of the partnership between USHA and the Government of Rajasthan. It has played an important role in identifying women and bringing them to the USHA Silai School camp. It also ensures there are no dropouts during the training.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

The NGO will also do a follow up to see that women practice the skills learnt here and will be a monitoring agency following the work of these women even when they go back to their homes.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

Shyam Sunder Sharma, Program Coordinator of Unnayan Samiti explained that the criteria for selecting a woman is that if a woman is needy, a widow, if she is physically challenged, or if she belongs to a poor family, and is interested in stitching and earning a living for herself.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

The Silai School will not only equip them to stitch and sew but they will also be able to train other rural women for a small fee which will be an additional income generation model for them.

USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

For many women, this camp is the first time they have stepped out of their homes. For many, it is a time to meet other women like themselves and work towards a better future.

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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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