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USHA Silai School Creates New Opportunities For Women In Partnership With SIDBI

SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) under its flagship initiative Mission Swavalamban, has partnered with USHA for promoting entrepreneurship among rural women. The collaboration is venturing out for setting up 2,450 USHA Swavalamban Silai Schools which will be done in three phases across various villages of India. The objective of Mission Swavalamban is to shift the focus from job-seekers to job-creators.

USHA Silai School Creates New Opportunities For Women In Partnership With SIDBI

Under the Mission Swavalamban, Silai Schools are have been established in calamity prone areas like earthquake prone areas of Himachal Pradesh, flood prone parts of Tripura among other such places.

USHA Silai School Creates New Opportunities For Women In Partnership With SIDBI

SIDBI has extended support not only through Mission Swavalamban, but also by providing linkage with COWE (Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs) mart for selling product online.

USHA Silai School Creates New Opportunities For Women In Partnership With SIDBI

In Himachal Pradesh, Silai Hero Sandna Devi is amongst the top five highest average monthly income earning women of USHA Silai School initiative across the country. On an average she earns Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 31,000 per month.

USHA Silai School Creates New Opportunities For Women In Partnership With SIDBI

There were many struggles in the life of Sandna Devi, before she could make a name for herself. She sought help from many people during time of her struggles, but it was her meeting with the head of the panchayat that proved to be the turning point in her life as he introduced her to the Silai School initiative.

USHA Silai School Creates New Opportunities For Women In Partnership With SIDBI

The success that Sadna Devi has achieved as an entrepreneur is making the joint initiative by USHA and SIDBI very proud.

USHA Silai School Creates New Opportunities For Women In Partnership With SIDBI

Gouri Debnath from Tripura, chosen by SIDBI under their entrepreneurship support scheme, was given SIDBI grant using which she bought sewing machines and expanded her enterprise.

USHA Silai School Creates New Opportunities For Women In Partnership With SIDBI

Gouri Debnath was used to multi-tasking - from doing her tailoring work to make ends meet, to running the household and looking after her young son and aging mother. Joining the USHA Silai School Project in January 2014, as one of their trainees, brought new hope to her and her family. She says that today whatever she has been able to do is because of USHA and it is a matter of pride for her.

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Do you want to be a part of the huge change that Usha Silai School is bringing about in the lives of millions of rural women? With just a simple click of a button, you can now contribute towards the opening of an Usha Silai School or support various other aspects of the school.

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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