Usha Silai School is a community based initiative with the aim of empowering village women to become entrepreneurs and teach sewing in their respective communities. More than one percent from the sale of every Usha Sewing Machine is invested into this programme, thereby enabling all Usha customers to share their love with rural women. More than 10,000 women are being trained everyday. You can view our financials here.
The Silai School initiative was started by Usha in March 2011. Today, six years later Usha in partnership with 52 NGOs has trained above 110,000 rural women across all 29 States and 7 UnionTerritories of India, in its 14,348 Silai Schools. Besides India, Usha is also operating Silai Schools in Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka; and aims to take this initiative to all SAARC nations.
Overtime, as more women were trained, the Usha Silai School model evolved, from just Classical Silai Schools to also include Usha Satellite Silai Schools. The former – Classical Silai School – train (in sewing, tailoring and repairing machines) women from rural communities and provide them with an Usha sewing machine, a syllabus and a Silai School signage and encourage them to teach other community women in the art of sewing. There are 4,507 Classical Silai Schools, spread across the country.
Once these Silai school learners graduate towards expert teachers, they go on to establish their own Silai schools in the same or neighboring village, these schools are called Satellite Silai Schools. A ‘multiplier effect’ is initiated with at least two women from every Silai School opening their own satellite schools. This has resulted in 9,841 such Satellite Silai Schools, till date.
There is an intensive training course to help talented women scale up their sewing skills. These women are identified through rigorous assessment of their technical skills and behavioural aspects. They are called Master Trainers and impart further training to the existing Silai School teachers.
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