Kushalta ke Kadam: Aiming for Independence Through Stitching

Updated: September 21, 2015 18:02 IST

Kushalta ke Kadam is a campaign that aims to salute women who turned into successful entrepreneurs by enrolling to Usha Silai School Programme.

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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