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MEET THE ENTREPRENEURS: SEASON 6

Gudia Devi
Bharti Kohade
Paulina Tuti
Gouri Das
Kalawati Sharma
Jayashree Janardhan Ghodvinde
Savita Thakur
Bishakha Mahanta
Mamta Bhargav
Hasuben Mohanbhai Rabari
Kusum Devi
Chandam Sunita Devi
Phemo Manham
Prabha Dhanga
Sandna Devi
Gouri Debnath

Meet The Entrepreneurs: Season 5

Sushmita Saha
Jyotsna Sardar
Preeti Kushwaha
Sunita Devi Kumawat
Danishta
Ruby Devi
Jameela Bano
Bharti Kailsh Jadhav
Savita Charan Bhoir
Pnunchok Dolma
Zara Bano

Meet The Entrepreneurs: Season 4

Raziaben Mehboobbhai Pinjara
Santosh Kumavat
Sunita Devi Kumawat

Meet The Entrepreneurs: Season 3

Raziaben Mehboobbhai Pinjara
A. Metildamary
E. Iruthayamary
Rekhaben Solanki
Santosh Kumawat
Sunita Devi Kumawat
Ayesha Mondal
Laboni Baidya

Meet The Entrepreneurs: Season 2

  • Rubina Begum

    Rubina Begum

    Rubina Begum from Nithari Village, had been struggling to move on in life since 2006 gruesome serial killings came to light.She slowly regained her confidence after joining USHA Silai School and then became the first women in her family to earn a living.Read More

  • Soni

    Soni

    Soni lost her 10-year old sister in the 2006 Nithari serial murders. Life came to a standstill for Soni post the incident. It wasn’t until she got training in USHA Silai School in their village that normalcy returned to Soni's life and she found peace. Read More

  • Phuliya Bai

    Phuliya Bai

    Madhya Pradesh's Phuliya Bai had a limited source of income. Her life turned around when she joined USHA Silai School programme. She earns Rs 3000 monthly, has been able to finance her daughter's education and gained the respect of others in her village.Read More

  • Rekha Rahangdale

    Rekha Rahangdale

    Rekha family’s earning was insufficient to meet everyone’s need. After Rekha joined the USHA Silai School Programme, she started her own school and generated income. Today, Rekha’s husband and mother in-law are giving her all the support she needs to expand her business. Read More

  • Poonam

    Poonam

    Despite being a graduate she couldn’t find a job of her choice. But her in-laws did not let this become a hurdle for her, instead they guided her to a new track to achieve her goals. She opened her own silai school and is now training other women of her village to become independent. Read More

  • Lajjawati

    Lajjawati

    Despite completing her graduation, Lajjawati, was struggling to find a job. Making ends meet was proving to be the biggest hurdle. But she did not give up, and decided to do something of her own. She opened her own Silai School. Now, she's a teacher and trains other women. Read More

  • Rintu Gogoi

    Rintu Gogoi

    Rintu Gogoi is wife of an agricultural labor and mother of two boys. Her husband being the single earning member, they struggled to pay the school fees of their children. Then, she came forward and associated herself with Ushal Silai School to manage the household expenses. Read More

  • Mumtaz Begum

    Mumtaz Begum

    Mumtaz Begum's family of five was living a fairly content life until 2008, the year her husband passed away. As the years went by, the expenses became hard to manage. It was then that she got associated with Usha Silai School to bring in a regular source of income to support her family. Read More

  • Shivananda Kothurwad

    Shivananda Kothurwad

    Shivananda Nagnathrao Kothurwad is separated from her husband and lives with her 2 children. She belongs to Sultanpur village, Maharashtra. Presently she stays with her parents and pays for boarding and lodging. Before starting the Silai School, she gave tuitions to students and completed an embroidery course. Read More

  • Madhuri Karn

    Madhuri Karn

    Madhuri's husband was abusive, and an alcoholic. He started beating her up the very next day of their wedding. She was just 18 when she got married and was perpetually living in fear. She moved back to parents' home when she couldn't take it anymore. Now, she is 28, and a mother to a boy who goes to school. Read More

  • Naseema Bano

    Naseema Bano

    Naseema Bano lives in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. Her father worked as a tractor mechanic and her mother would pitch in financially with switching jobs. Her parents tried their best to send her and her five sisters to school, but none of them could complete their schooling. Naseema managed to study till Class 10. Read More

  • Kalpana Kamadi

    Kalpana Kamadi

    Kalpana Kamadi, from Dhule District, Maharashtra, lost her son as she couldn’t afford the treatment. This incident jolted her into working towards financial stability for her family. She now runs her own Silai school and trains other women in her village. She is now respectful called 'madam' in her village. She recently bought her own car on installments.
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  • Nazira Ghazi

    Nazira Ghazi

    24-year-old Nazira Ghazi a resident of Durgapur, Kolkata was forced to marry after she completed her 10th grade. But she defied societal pressures, convinced her parents against early marriage and joined Usha Silai School. After years of hard work, Nazira financed her own education, and also supported her family. Read More

  • Chhotibai Sahebrao Chaure

    Chhotibai Sahebrao Chaure

    Chhotibai Sahebrao Chaure, 32-year old from Dali Samba village of Sakri block, Dhule district of Maharashtra has been running her own Silai School since 2014. Till date, Chhotibai has trained 28 women and now aims to increase the number of sewing machines in her class to give training to more women.
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  • Pratibha Pravin Khonde

    Pratibha Pravin Khonde

    Pratibha Pravin Khonde, from Sakri Tehsil in Maharashtra trained at the Silai School and started her own school within her house to not just earn money but also to enable other women to earn their own livelihood. Many of Pratibha's students are now teaching other women and becoming financially independent.
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  • Lata Phale

    Lata Phale

    35-year-old Lata, who lives, Pune, Maharashtra, has two children. Her husband is a farmer and Lata also helps the family by working on the farm. However, it is difficult for her family to survive on agricultural income only. Lata knew a little about sewing before she was selected for the USHA Silai School program. Read More

  • Gauri Jiwane

    Gauri Jiwane

    Gauri Jivane, 42-year-old, runs her Silai School in Shivangaon village, Nagpur, Maharashtra. Gauri is a widow, her son is doing MBA and daughter studies in a school. Despite her poor background, Gauri managed a graduation degree for herself and worked as a clerk in a Co-operative Bank before her marriage. Read More

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About the Initiative

About the Initiative

Kushalta Ke Kadam, an initiative undertaken in collaboration by NDTV and USHA, aims at empowering women from rural India and encourages to become financially independent. It motivates them to become entrepreneurs by taking up sewing and training others in their respective communities.

 

Since 2011, Usha Silai Campaign has trained more than 8 lakh women from rural areas, with over 26,878 Silai schools, spanning over 15,689 villages across India.

 

Kushalta Ke Kadam in Season 6 has returned with new goals, vision, and many new success stories. The new season will witness the establishment of the new partnerships with government, corporate and institutions.It celebrates the omen who sustained during the pandemic when the world economy was collapsing, when people were losing their jobs.

 

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USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building
USHA Partners With CRPF And Rajasthan Government For Skill Building

After the success of USHA Silai schools at various levels, government entities have come forward to join hands with USHA and seek support for the skill development of the rural women of India. Here is how USHA's partnership with the CWA (CRPF family Welfare Association) and the Government of Rajasthan making a difference.

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

Here Is How Tribal Exclusive USHA Silai Schools Initiative Is Making A Difference
Here Is How Tribal Exclusive USHA Silai Schools Initiative Is Making A Difference

In India, the tribal population is more than 10 crore and is larger than that of any other country in the world. However, despite the protection given to the tribal population, it remains the most marginalised group in the country, on the three most important indicators of development- health, education and income. With an aim to improve the status of the marignalised tribal communities, the USHA Silai School Progamme launched the 'Tribal Exclusive Usha Silai School Project'. The objective of the initiative is to support tribal women, by helping them earn a better income.

Here Is How USHA Silai Schools Are Preserving Indigenous Art And Craft
Here Is How USHA Silai Schools Are Preserving Indigenous Art And Craft

The USHA Silai School program is playing a critical role in restoring and promoting traditional art and crafts. The Silai heroes have been using their skill and creativity to preserve indigenous art and also to increase their earnings through the fusion of traditional art with modern skills. Here is how three Silai Heroes from Gujarat, Bihar and Manipur are doing their bit in not only preserving indigenous art but also earn a livelihood and helping other women also in becoming financially independent.

Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives
Here Is How USHA Training And Production Centres Are Transforming Lives

The USHA Silai Training and Production Centres are central facility created especially for rural women to assemble, get trained in sewing and stitching and also make products for the market. The Bhagwan Singh Memorial Foundation in Punjab, SANKALP NGO in Odisha and Galaxy enterprise in Meghalaya are three such centres that are empowering the rural women and making a difference.

USHA Silai Women Now Connected With Online Market, Thanks To The New Mobile App
USHA Silai Women Now Connected With Online Market, Thanks To The New Mobile App

The COVID-19 crisis has brought a change in way people, the global economy, business, and even social activities run. When physical movement and gatherings were restricted, it was the virtual world that people turned to. Companies accelerated digitization, and moved all their operations online, as it was the only way to save drowning economies. It was the need of the hour. And it was no different for the women of the USHA Silai Schools.

Sustenance Of USHA Silai School Teachers And Their Contribution To Society During Crisis
Sustenance Of USHA Silai School Teachers And Their Contribution To Society During Crisis

When COVID-19 pandemic induced lockdown led to the loss of jobs and financial crisis in many homes, USHA, skilled women in mask making which not only supported their families, making them sole bread winners, but also opened income opportunities for their learners as well. Teaching women about mask making during the pandemic not only benefitted the women to create items to protect themselves from coronavirus and their families but also it generated some income for them and their students during the crisis. Gouri Das, Kalawati Sharma and Jayashree Janardhan Ghodvinde are three of the eight lakh women who worked non-stop during the coronavirus outbreak, sustaining not only themselves, but other Silai School students and teachers as well.

USHA Silai Heroes Go Beyond Training Centres And Become The Change Makers
USHA Silai Heroes Go Beyond Training Centres And Become The Change Makers

USHA Silai Schools women eventually emerge as change catalysts, willing to make a difference and act against the prevailing social issues. They work as social activists and contribute towards the betterment of the community at large. Here is how three such women are making a difference by empowering others after empowering themselves.

Here Is How Businesses Are Helping USHA Silai School Create New Livelihood Opportunities For Women In Need
Here Is How Businesses Are Helping USHA Silai School Create New Livelihood Opportunities For Women In Need

With an aim to help the women from low-income families overcome their struggles, USHA Silai School partnered with NEEPCO (North Eastern Electric Power Corporation) - a power generation company in the North-Eastern region of the country, Dalmia Bharat Foundation- a not-for-profit organization under Dalmia Bharat Group and Alfa Laval- a Swedish Company found in 1883.

USHA Silai School Collaborates With Institutions That Promote Sustainability
USHA Silai School Collaborates With Institutions That Promote Sustainability

In 2011, USHA Silai School began with the aim of empowering rural women to become entrepreneurs and give sewing lessons in their respective communities. But over the years, the Silai School initiative has evolved and today it is not only limited to giving sewing lessons and a silai machine to women to open their own silai school, but also works towards contributing its bit in the conservation of the environment by promoting sustainability. In this season of Kushalta Ke Kadam, the USHA Silai School initiative joined hands with organisations in Ladakh and Maharashtra that work towards protecting environment and supporting local people.