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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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Adopt a Silai School

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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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Hard Work Pays Off, Women From Kashmir Reach Their Destination - Lakme Fashion Week 2019
Hard Work Pays Off, Women From Kashmir Reach Their Destination - Lakme Fashion Week 2019

Since 2012, USHA has established 206 Silai Schools in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, each of which is helping change the lives of women. Considering the immense talent in Kashmir, in 2018, USHA Silai Label set up a garment design and production cluster in Srinagar. The Kashmir cluster has been a game changer for the women of the valley. Today, the women have reached the city of dreams, Mumbai, to showcase their work and walk the ramp of Lakme Fashion Week 2019.

Women From Kashmir Fight All Odds To Make It To The Lakme Fashion Week 2019
Women From Kashmir Fight All Odds To Make It To The Lakme Fashion Week 2019

It's the verdict time! Fighting all odds, women from Kashmir cluster have prepared samples for ace designer Rohit Bal. With the samples now in the designer's studio, it is the judgment time. Rohit Bal will be giving feedback on samples. Will the creators of the garment clear Rohit Bal's test to take centre stage at the Lakme Fashion week 2019?

USHA Silai School Reaches Picturesque Kashmir, Brings A Wave Of Change
USHA Silai School Reaches Picturesque Kashmir, Brings A Wave Of Change

The charm of Kashmir's picturesque lakes, snow-capped mountains, and lush forests is matched by the richness of its cultural heritage. From handicrafts to the exquisite pashminas, the valley boasts a rich history of arts and crafts passed on through generations and yet the state and its craftsmen are yet to realise their full potential. In an attempt to tap into this immense pool of talent, in the year 2018, the USHA Silai Label set up a garment design and production cluster in Kashmir.

USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week
USHA Silai School Changes Life Of Women Through Lakme Fashion Week

Within 7 years, with 17,000 schools, spanning over 9000 Indian villages, the USHA Silai School has trained over 3.5 lakh rural women. In 2018, the garments made by the women from these schools, under the guidance of four designers were showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week. Since then their life has been transformed with the clothes now selling under the Silai Label at multi-brand outlet in Delhi.

Nithari Village Rises Up From Its Dark Past, Courtesy Usha Silai School
Nithari Village Rises Up From Its Dark Past, Courtesy Usha Silai School

2006 Noida serial murders shook the entire country, especially the men and women of Nithatri, who fear stepping out of their houses putting their lives on a perpetual pause. But USHA Silai School came as a ray of hope and provided them with a safe source of living.

USHA Silai School Spreads Its Wings, Reaches West Bengal
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 Shool Programme Creates Opportunities For Women In Nagaland
USHA Silai Shool Programme Creates Opportunities For Women In Nagaland

With an aim to empower women, USHA Silai School makes effort to widen its reach and expand to every corner of India. With this thought as its driving force, the USHA Silai School programme has opened up an opportunity for women in Nagaland by starting a showroom cum sales center in Dimapur.

Helping Improve Rural Household Incomes In India, USHA Silai School Trains Men Across The Country
Helping Improve Rural Household Incomes In India, USHA Silai School Trains Men Across The Country

Along with reviving the traditional craft and providing employment opportunities to the underprivileged women all over India, USHA Silai School programme is providing sewing training to underprivileged men also. The latest extensions aim to help rural households in India improve their earnings.

Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors
Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

Eight selected USHA Silai School women entrepreneurs got a chance to learn and work under the guidance of different designers. Designers Soham Dave, Sayantan Sarkar, Amit Vijaya and Richard Pandav, and Sreejith Jeevan along with USHA Silai School women curated a collection for Lakme Fashion Week 2018.

USHA Silai School Turns Savior For People Of Mori Village Of Andhra Pradesh
USHA Silai School Turns Savior For People Of Mori Village Of Andhra Pradesh

In 2015, the government of Andhra Pradesh partnered with Berkeley University to launch the ‘Smart Villages Mission' and the sleepy village of Mori emerged as Andhra Pradesh's first smart village. Later, government partnered with corporations like USHA International to create employment opportunities in the villages and curb migration.

Fashion Designers This Season

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  • Rohit Bal

    Rohit Bal

  • Sayantan Sarkar

    Sayantan Sarkar

  • Shaila Khubchandani

    Shaila Khubchandani

  • Sreejith Jeevan

    Sreejith Jeevan

  • Swati Vijaivargie

    Swati Vijaivargie

Fashion Designers This Season

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  • Rohit Bal

    Rohit Bal

  • Sayantan Sarkar

    Sayantan Sarkar

  • Shaila Khubchandani

    Shaila Khubchandani

  • Sreejith Jeevan

    Sreejith Jeevan

  • Swati Vijaivargie

    Swati Vijaivargie