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USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings, Reaches West Bengal

West Bengal, India's fourth most populous state, is home to 91 million people, a fifth of which are poor. While people there were trying to make ends meet, USHA Silai School came in as a ray of hope for the underprivileged men and women in the eastern state of India.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings, Reaches West Bengal

West Bengal currently ranks 18 when it comes to the rate of unemployment. Due to this there are many landless labors in the state who are out of job and in need of financial help. USHA Silai School came in their lives as a light at the end of the tunnel.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings, Reaches West Bengal

"I started tailoring to help and support my household", says Lakshmi, hailing from the Gopalpur village in Jhargram district. She has become self-dependent since she completed her sewing training from the USHA Silai School.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings, Reaches West Bengal

Sujata who belongs from a scheduled caste and has a big family to take care of started earning nearly Rs. 2500 a month once she took up sewing as profession. Finding the needed support and resource from the USHA Silai School she managed to start her tailoring career in her own village.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings, Reaches West Bengal

"After learning new dress designs and sewing techniques, we have been able to earn and support our families and improve our household conditions", said Nazira, a Silai school trainee in West Bengal.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings, Reaches West Bengal

USHA Silai School since its inception has helped many underprivileged men and women to build and sustain a livelihood. Last month, the school launched a sustainable fashion brand named 'Silai' in Delhi which carries high-street clothes manufactured by the USHA's sewing schools all across the country.

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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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