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Here Is How A Sewing Machine, Training And Sheer Perseverance Made E. Iruthayamary, Financially Independent

Here Is How A Sewing Machine, Training And Sheer Perseverance Made E. Iruthayamary, Financially Independent
Delhi: Imagine a life where you have to depend on your parents for your and your children's basic requirements. A life where fulfilling your family's basic needs is a daily struggle for you. Being dependent on your parents as a child is different from being reliant on them even after you have your own children was something 36-year-old, E. Iruthayamary from Thiruvandarkoli, Pondicherry, was struggling to come to terms with.

While Iruthayamary, who owns a sewing machine did minimum job work at home and along with that worked at an NGO on a part time basis, her husband Elumalai, works as a driver at a private company and has both an unstable job and an unstable income.

Determined to bring in a change in her family's life and provide a better standard of living to them, Iruthayamary enrolled herself in USHA Silai School programme in August 2013 and went on to start her own silai school in September 2013.

Today, when Iruthayamary wakes up in the morning at 5:30, she doesn't think about her finances, but about her work and plans her day accordingly. As soon as she wakes up, she gets involved in the household work, sends her children to school and college and then reaches her silai school by 9:30. On normal days, she runs her silai school till 9 at night and during peak season, she even works till 11.

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As of now, Iruthayamary has trained 65 women and is currently giving training to three women. With a monthly income of Rs. 20,000, she is not only contributing to the household expenses but is also providing good education to her children. Today, her son is pursuing engineering from a private college and her daughter is in 11th standard is studying in a private school.

Iruthayamary's dedication and perseverance created an opportunity for her to produce a clothing line which was further exhibited at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018. For this, Iruthayamary along with 32 other USHA Silai school women worked and learned under the guidance of renowned designers.

I never knew what patchwork is, but here I not only learned, but tried my hands at patchwork. I learnt a lot of designs and now I am confident of producing more new designs using the lessons I have inherited here, says Iruthayamary.

After all, Iruthayamary now aims to become a top notch tailor of her village, someone who knows all kinds of designs. She wishes to pass on the lessons she has learned and wants to teach and train more and more women and enable them to earn their own livelihood.

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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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Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching
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Rebari girls grow up learning traditional embroidery, which along with their new found sewing skills developed at Usha Silai Schools, is helping them earn a living.

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Usha Silai School has empowered many rural women to support their family and send their children to school.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

The Usha Silai School, established in a small nondescript village that goes by the name of Kottai, is helping empower people from varied communities.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

The all-inclusive Usha Silai School Programme covers the entire nation from hamlets tucked between hills to villages cast by the sea.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Vegetables farmers from the Mizoram hills earn very little given the topography of the area. Usha Silai Schools have played an important part in this region by skilling women to financially contribute towards their households.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Usha Silai School learner Lucy has trained seven other women in her community, helping them to become financially independent.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Women like Kaviben from the nomadic Rebari community are finally laying down their roots as they begin to gain financial independence and thereby stability through Usha Silai School.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Usha Silai School, located in the Gujarat's Bhuj village, is enabling rural women to earn as much as Rs. 2,500-4,000 each month.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Usha Silai School, in association with a Gujarat based NGO called Kala Raksha, is trying to bring about a Silai revolution in Bhuj.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Besides training other women from their community, many Usha Silai School learners have become entrepreneurs in their own right.

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With sewing becoming easily accessible and lucrative, the silai schools are also helping revive traditional motifs and designs.

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