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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 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 5 lakh rural women within nine years, with over 23,000 Silai schools, spanning over 12,858 villages across India.

 

Kushalta Ke Kadam in Season 5 has returned with new goals and vision. The new season will witness the establishment of the new partnerships with government, corporate and institutions.

 

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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.

Life After Silai School: This Is How The Rape Survivors Are Becoming Empowered And An Inspiration For Others
Life After Silai School: This Is How The Rape Survivors Are Becoming Empowered And An Inspiration For Others

Determined to uplift their economic condition and make a better future for themselves, the survivors of rape and trafficking in a district of Madhya Pradesh are fighting the stigma with the help of USHA Silai School. The Silai School initiative is not only helping them develop skills but is also encouraging them to becoming a symbol of hope and courage for others.

USHA And State-Owned Enterprises Are On A Mission To Empower Poor Women In Jharkhand And Odisha
USHA And State-Owned Enterprises Are On A Mission To Empower Poor Women In Jharkhand And Odisha

Under its Silai School initiative, USHA International Limited has been working towards empowering women from rural India and encouraging them to become entrepreneurs by taking up sewing and training others in their respective communities. In order to widen its efforts further, USHA has partnered with Public Sector Undertakings like Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI) in Jharkhand and National Building Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) in Odisha.

Here Is How USHA Along With Educational Institution Is Encouraging Women To Take Charge Of Their Destiny
Here Is How USHA Along With Educational Institution Is Encouraging Women To Take Charge Of Their Destiny

In the current season of Kushal Ke Kadam, USHA Silai School has collaborated with educational institutions like the University of Kashmir and Punjab University to help girls and women fulfil their dreams through skill development. The aim of the partnership is to equip girls and women with various techniques of stitching. Through this initiative, women are not only taking charge of their destiny but are also helping others become financially independent.

USHA Joins Hands With Autonomous Government Bodies To Help Women Earn A Better Livelihood
USHA Joins Hands With Autonomous Government Bodies To Help Women Earn A Better Livelihood

As USHA Silai School programme continues to create new opportunities for women in rural areas through skill development, it collaborated with autonomous government bodies like the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Rajasthan and Punjab and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in Himachal Pradesh. Not only are the collaborations setting up new Silai Schools in these states, but these are also helping women set up sewing based enterprises at the village level.

USHA Silai School Initiative Continues To Empower Women In Meghalaya And West Bengal
USHA Silai School Initiative Continues To Empower Women In Meghalaya And West Bengal

Since its inception in 2011, USHA Silai School has been empowering women in the rural areas across the county by equipping them with the skill of stitching. This year, USHA International Limited strengthened its partnership with the state governments of Meghalaya and West Bengal with an aim to reach out to thousands of women and help them improve their lives.

Kushalta ke Kadam: USHA Silai School Empowers 36-Year-Old Preeti To Build A Better Future
Kushalta ke Kadam: USHA Silai School Empowers 36-Year-Old Preeti To Build A Better Future

The aim of USHA Silai School has always been to empower the vulnerable and provide them with a better source of livelihood. Keeping up with its motive, here is how the initiative has changed the life of 36-year-old Preeti Khushwaha, a resident of Mustafabad village of Bangarmau block in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. After training from the Silai school, not only did Preeti build a better life for herself and her family, but also helped over 1,500 women in and around her village to learn stitching and become financially independent.

USHA Silai School Empowers The Women Affected By The Lockdown During COVID-19 Crisis
USHA Silai School Empowers The Women Affected By The Lockdown During COVID-19 Crisis

With 23,265 USHA Silai Schools present in 12,858 villages across all states and Union Territories in the country, more than 6.7 lakh women have been able to enhance their skills. They have become empowered and financially independent. Here is how the initiative is helping those in need, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

USHA Silai School Goes Beyond The Mainstream To Empower And Uplift Individuals
USHA Silai School Goes Beyond The Mainstream To Empower And Uplift Individuals

The aim of USHA Silai School has always been to empower both men and women and provide them a better source of livelihood. Keeping up with their motive, in Meghalaya, USHA Silai School trained women to make cloth bags, an alternative to single-use plastic bags, which have been banned by the state government. Along with this, USHA partnered with the Blind Relief Association in Delhi to provide sewing training to visually impaired students.