Mrs. Deepa Shaju from Ambalathara village in Kerela, used to work at a tailoring shop, while her husband ran a petty shop in the village. At the tailoring shop Deepa wasn’t given much work, nor paid well, she received a small payment on a daily basis, engaged more as a laborer than an employee.
USHA International with the help of Malabar Social Service Society (MASSS) conducted a residential training on advanced tailoring at her village. Deepa was one among the twenty women who were trained over a period of seven days and given a sewing machine.
The training not only helped her to open a Silai school but also helped open her own tailoring shop; where she used to earn just Rs 2000 before, she now earned Rs 5000 from her own shop. Being her own master also allowed her to spend more time with her family, especially her three children.
Deepa with her newfound confidence states “I am very thankful to USHA and MASSS for giving me the chance to earn an additional income through tailoring. I am more happy and confident today than ever before.”