Like many other women in India, Shivnanada Nagnathrao Kothurwad marriage was an arranged one. Married off to a local schoolteacher, she thought a bright future awaited her. However, her husband turned out to be a criminal, with a police record, who regularly abused his wife. There were even three murder attempts on her by her lying and violent husband.
Left without a choice she ran away from her husband and moved to her parents’ home (only as a paying guest) with her two young children. After the separation her husband refused any form of financial support to her and their children. It was under such dire circumstances that Shivnanada joined an Usha Silai School.
A strong-willed woman, the class XII pass-out, not only mastered sewing techniques but also become very apt at embroidery work. Her expertise allowed her to open her own tailoring shop besides a Silai School. On an average she teaches silai to around 20 women every year, charging Rs 150 per month. Her Silai School work coupled with her tailoring job earns her around Rs 6000-7000 per month.
To use Shivnananda own words “the income from the Silai School has helped me to send my children to schools and I would like to thank Usha for giving me this opportunity”