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Removing 'Dis' From Her Ability, Raziaben From Ahmedabad Stood Up For Her Family's Basic Requirements And Started Earning

Removing 'Dis' From Her Ability, Raziaben From Ahmedabad Stood Up For Her Family's Basic Requirements And Started Earning
Delhi: 

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination", Jimmy Dean, an American singer had said this and it is apt for Raziaben Mehboobbhai Pinjara from the Dholka district of Ahmedabad.

39-year-old Raziaben, a physically challenged woman, a homemaker, and a mother of three (a boy and two daughters) found it difficult to run her household. Raziaben's husband Mehboobbhai Pinjara works as a driver, but his earnings were not enough to sustain a family of five. The financial crisis were so severe that despite the physical disability, Raziaben and her family had to rent a room on a second floor, reason being, less room rent.

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Determined to change the life of Pinjara family and fulfill family's day to day basic needs, Raziaben decided to acquire sewing skills and start working. For the same, she enrolled herself in USHA Silai School in October 2015. As part of USHA Silai School month long programme, Raziaben learned sewing and embroidery and ended up opening her own silai school in the same year.

Today, with her own silai school, Raziaben manages to earn Rs. 6,000 every month. The deteriorating condition of her family has been stemmed. Now, Raziaben's life not only revolves around managing household chores, but also her own silai school. Till date, she has trained 10 women and is currently taking a class of four in her school.

After her regular household duties are over, she does zari work. In the afternoon, she takes classes and works on the orders. Raziaben's daughters too do zari and sewing work. Along with this, they support their mother by taking orders from across the village.

Raziaben's dream turned into a reality when she got an opportunity to work along with 31 USHA Silai School women to produce a clothing line that was launched at Lakme Fashion Week 2018. Having achieved this, she looks forward to train more and more people and open her own tailoring shop.

Also Read: A Dream Turns Into A Reality: The Silai Label Launch At The Lakme Fashion Week

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About the Initiative

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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
Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

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.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

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.

Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

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

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