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Meet The Entrepreneurs - Madhuri Karn

Meet The Entrepreneurs - Madhuri Karn

Madhuri's husband was abusive, and an alcoholic. He started beating her up the very next day after their wedding. She was 18-years-old when she married him and was perpetually living in fear of him. She moved back to her parents' home when she couldn't take it anymore. Now, she is 28-years-old and a mother to a 7-year-old boy who she's sending to a good school.

Her story in her own words: I got married 10 years ago. But my husband was violent, and harassed me for dowry. He would hit, abuse, restrain me, and even try to kill me. Somehow, I survived and escaped alive. Had I lived on there, he would have killed me.

I gave up and returned to my parents, they were so worried and sad. I was pregnant, and worried about how my old parents would take care of me and my child. I would possibly have become a farm labour. I had forgotten how to smile.

But then, I became a part of the Usha Silai School Programme.

Today, I am financially independent, I can buy whatever I or my son need. My family is living well, my child is happy and I can send him to a good school. Now I advise other women to work and become independent. And I am teaching my skill to other girls so that they never find themselves helpless, so they become independent, so they make silai their profession.

I am happy where I am today. I am independent. I rarely remember the pain and torture my husband put me through, because I am so busy with my work.

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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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