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USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

USHA-NDTV Kushalta Ke Kadam has been working towards empowering women across India. This time they are making an effort to bring a change in the lives of tribal women by recognising their talent and nurturing their skills.

USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

USHA Silai School is a community-based programme that aims to empower rural women to learn to stitch and become entrepreneurs.

USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

Tribal women have inherent talents and abundant creativity. And now, with the USHA Silai Schools, they are getting an ecosystem that recognises their potential and nurtures their skills.

USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

48-year-old Diparani Payung, from the Mising tribe, joined the training programme of USHA Silai school at Majuli in Assam to enhance her income. After 7 days of training, she opened her Silai school. Now she earns Rs 8,000 a month from the Silai school by upskilling 36 girls.

USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

Mrinalini Dutta joined Diparani's Silai school in April 2013. Before joining the school, Mrinalini didn't know anything about stitching. But it was Dipa who guided her in picking up the new skill.

USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

USHA's Silai School helps tribal women in acquiring new skills and to become economically independent. It is empowering them by enhancing their confidence and decision-making ability.

USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

There are over 30,000 USHA Silai Schools in 17,000 villages, spread across 600 districts in India. From the world's largest river island in Assam to a small tribal village in Ladakh, the coming alive of the dreams and aspirations of the women of India are what transform this simple intervention into a lasting legacy.

USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

Aqila Aqtar would do a little stitching earlier, but after coming to USHA Silai school, she learned a lot and enjoyed the soft skills training the most. She says, that it boosted her confidence and empowered her to become self-sufficient.

USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

USHA believes that it is vital to empower tribal women because traditionally they have had limited access to the outside world and the training programme takes into account their special needs and customs.

USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

Gram Utthan, an NGO has been working with USHA for the past 11 years in helping women from villages move ahead in life. Women are selected based on a little prior knowledge of sewing and their interest in opening a Silai school. Then the names of the candidates are shortlisted and shared with USHA. Once the list of selected candidates is finalised a training is organised after which the trained women open their own Silai schools.

USHA Silai School Is Empowering Tribal Women By Making Them Entreprenuers

NGO Gram Utthan and USHA, have opened new avenues of employment for Odisha's Salma Hemram. She is getting trained at the USHA Silai center, along with 15 other women. Salma now knows how to get ahead in life, thanks to the training program. She desires to teach these skills to the ladies in her village and generate employment for them.

Adopt a Silai School

Adopt a Silai School

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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