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USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

Within 7 years, with 17,000 schools, spanning over 9000 Indian villages, the USHA Silai School has trained over 3.5 lakh rural women. In 2018, the garments made by the women from these schools, under the guidance of four designers were showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week. Since then their life has been transformed with the clothes now selling under the Silai Label at multi-brand outlet in Delhi.

USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

Before starting her own sewing school in 2016, 35-year-old Sunita Devi Kumavat, worked as daily wage laborer with RIICO in Jaipur. Through her dedication, hard work and passion for stitching she earned the opportunity to produce a clothing line that was launched at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018. From making simple blouses to now venturing into making fancy palazzos, Sunita has come a long way and now teaches new things to her students.

USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

34-year-old Santosh Kumavat, who got to know about USHA Silai School Programme in 2013, the stage of country's prestigious fashion show, Lakme Fashion Week 2018 in Mumbai. Now being a self-independent woman, Santosh responsibly manages her house. She is balancing both her career and her home.

USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

After undergoing the seven-day training programme, Santosh learnt the basics of stitching and soon started training the ladies at a Government Center, as asked by the Government.

USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

With her polished sewing skills, today, Santosh supports her husband Chiranji Lal in managing her family financially.

USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

Meet Bhavika from Dholka cluster who despite being deaf and dumb is full of motivation to achieve her goals and now works for Silai Label.

USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

Meet Raziaben Mehboobbhai Pinjara, a physically challenged woman, a homemaker, and a mother of three, who along with 31 USHA Silai School women produced a clothing line that was launched at Lakme Fashion Week 2018.

USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

Despite being handicapped by one foot, Raziaben works on a foot paddle sewing machine and train women of her village.

USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

While rural women are leaving no stone unturned to achieve their dreams, it is the designers who guide them at every stage.

USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

Shaila, the designer from Dholka cluster, helping Silai woman in the production of Silai Label.

USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

Vimal, the trainer from Usha Silai School program is teaching the Silai women at the Jaipur Cluster. He is closely working with the women to complete the production.

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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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