Seema Rani from the small North Indian village of Chhota Badaula in Haryana belongs to the Lohara Community. After her marriage, life was relatively easy. With her electrician husband earning sufficient, to meet the basic needs of the family. However, things took a difficult turn when her husband decided to start a small business on his own, which never took off. This left the household without any regular source of income, after losing all their savings in the failed business attempt. To make matters worse her 3 months old son, got infected by pneumonia leading to an increase in medical expenses.
Seema saw a way out when the local NGO Zila Yuva Vikas Sangathan ( ZYVS), approached her to join a Usha Silai School. Thereafter she was trained in sewing, stitching and machine repair over a period of seven days. A life changing experience which she recounts with her own words – “ These seven days always will always be memorable in my life, as I learnt drafting, stitching and machine repairing in a very interesting manner”.
After completing her training she started an Usha Silai School at her home, training four girls in the first month. Gradually, the number of learners increased and today she is earning around Rs 2500-3000/ every month as tuition fees.
Seema also underwent a Master Trainer Refresher programme, which helped her to become an expert seamstress. Today she is a much respected member of her community, with even the local Newspaper describing her as a Role Model.