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USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

To enhance the skills of women, USHA has been working with thousands of women across the country. But unlike in other places, the training in the north and northeastern states go beyond stitching. As part of the USHA Silai School Program, the women in these states get mechanical training wherein they learn to repair sewing machines which is usually considered as a man's job. As the women of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Manipur get mechanical training, an additional skill set that is helping them earn additional income by putting their knowledge to use, we bring to you some of the success stories.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

Meet Bina from Beerapura, a sole breadwinner of her family, raising her son and a daughter with the help of her skills - stitching and repairing machines.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

Five years ago when Bina's husband died in an accident, she had to take all the responsibilities single-handedly. To sustain her family she joined USHA Silai School Program and enhanced her sewing skills.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

Bina is one of the many women who took up the challenge of learning and practising technical training under USHA Silai School Program.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

Today, Bina is the only woman in the village who can repair any kind of sewing machine. Not only is this, she has also trained many women in the hope of giving them a platform to be self-dependent like her.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

Another success story comes from Imphal East, a district in Manipur. Elangbam Surbala, a Silai school student turned entrepreneur's family would majorly depend on farming, which is subsistence in nature, for running their house.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

Financial instability and knowledge of basic sewing skills made Mrs Surbala enroll into Silai School Program and undergo training wherein she learned to stitch and repair machines.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

After the training, Mrs Surbala opened her own Silai school and till date, she has trained five women and currently other seven are undergoing training.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

By sewing, on an average she earns Rs. 12000 every month. Not only is this, repairing sewing machines acts as an additional source of income for her.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

Just like Mrs Surbala, 29-year-old Sorokhaibam Latasana is also changing her fate and providing a better lifestyle to her family via stitching and repairing job.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

To help her husband with some additional earning, Ms Latasana used to work at a tailoring shop at Imphal Bazaar as a daily wage labourer, but the work was not dignified enough. Also, it often became difficult for her to go to work due to the family inconvenience which further affected her earnings.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

During her struggle, Ms Latasana came across USHA Silai School Program and underwent seven-day training after which she opened her own school. Till date, she has taught 11 learners and 5 others are undergoing the basic course of sewing. On average, she earns Rs. 8000 every month.

USHA Provides Mechanical Training To Budding Women Entrepreneurs

Now Ms Latasana's plan is to start her own business and engage women and girls of her locality. She also wants to establish mechanical servicing of the sewing machine in rural areas as a potential avenue of dignified earning for unemployed women and youths.

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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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