Today, she is actively involved in motivating other village women to become independent and is seen as a leader in her community.

Chhattisgarh

Nameshwari Sahoo, Bardebhata

Nameshwari Sahoo’s world seemed to have ended when her husband abandoned her, for no apparent reason. A 12th standard pass from Bardebhata village in Chhattisgarh, the 26 year old went back to live in her mother’s house and later moved into a women’s shelter home. Besides the financial and emotional strain, the bitter divorce cast a social stigma over her, with her community questioning both her dignity and the separation.

A NIWCYD (National Institute of Women, Child and Youth Development) worker encouraged her to join a USHA Silai School and take back control of her life. The next seven days in the Silai School turned around her life completely. After completing her course she not only started a Usha Silai School but also went on to establish a tailoring business. She has trained around 20 women, till date.

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Conscious about the way society treats abandoned women like her, she monetarily supports her Shelter home, besides charging a nominal amount of just Rs 30 from her students. Today, she is actively involved in motivating other village women to become independent and is seen as a leader in her community.