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USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

Eight years ago USHA Silai School set on a journey to make women from marginalised communities self-sufficient. Over the years, the program has received support in various forms from people across the country. With the increasing public and private partnership, USHA has only grown and reached to different parts of the country. The partnerships have taken USHA to villages of Uttar Pradesh and Assam.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

As part of their CSR (Corporate social responsibility), Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) and North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO), recently partnered with USHA Silai School Program to provide livelihood opportunities to rural women in their respective areas. While USHA was given the job to train rural women, public and private partners took the responsibility of setting up a sewing centre with high tech sewing machines.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

To promote livelihood in the state of Uttar Pradesh, WII reached out to USHA and requested them to train women residing in rural areas. The training has not only increased the family income of these women, but also opened various avenues, as it has done for 17-year-old Aarti.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

In Uttar Pradesh's Narora, Aarti initially underwent a 10-day training program and now she is taking 7 days training. This is to support her father financially who needs to sustain a family of eight.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

Though she wanted to study further, but change in her father's job due to his deteriorating health and decline in daily income, made Aarti join USHA Silai School Program.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

While in Narora, Aarti wishes to help her father financially, at the other end of the state, in Sonbhadra, 50-year-old Rajni joined USHA for her husband, a tuition teacher, who lost his eyesight due to an infection.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

The day USHA with the help of NCL opened a Silai School in Sonbhadra, Rajni enrolled herself, took the training and ended up starting her own sewing business. To get additional hands, she trained her daughters as well.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

Every month, Rajni gets around eight orders. During marriage season, the number of orders grows which adds up in her income.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

Whatever money Rajni earns through sewing is used to run the house and buying medicines for her husband. Having done this, she feels elated on being able to do something productive on her own.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

Not only in Uttar Pradesh, but USHA is also providing an additional source of income to women of Assam. With the support from NEEPCO, USHA is training women of Dibrugarh in Assam in cutting, tailoring, and repair and maintenance of sewing machines.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

In 2014, Mamoni, a widow and a mother of three, learned about USHA Silai School Program from the panchayat and registered herself for seven-day training. Though her children were too young to be left alone, she had to leave them for their future.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

Today, she gets sewing orders on a daily basis. Along with this, she is currently teaching a batch of eight learners and has already taught 40 girls.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings With The Help Of Public And Private Partners

With all this she earns Rs. 10,000 every month, which are well enough to meet all the needs of her children.

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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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