Usha International and SIDBI on Tuesday announced the launch of the third phase of the Usha Swavalamban Silai Schools under which 750 schools will be set up in 20 districts across 10 states.
The schools will be set up in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura, Odisha, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh, it said.
The third phase of the programme was flagged off from Kendrapara district in Odisha and the objective is to empower women by making them independent while pursuing entrepreneurship culture and evolve as homepreneurs, it added.
In these schools, training is imparted to aspiring women entrepreneurs on various aspects of stitching along with maintenance and repairing of the sewing machines by expert trainers of Usha International.
The women entrepreneurs successfully completing the training programme will be provided with a Usha Sewing machine (leg paddle driven), a certificate, a training kit, and a Usha Swavalamban Silai School Signage board.
The intent of this training is to empower these women to not only learn sewing but also be able to teach these skills further. Besides stitching and maintenance of the machines, these women are also given basic training in how to set up their own business channels, the statement added.
In the first two phases, 1,700 Silai schools have been set up covering 1,638 villages, 108 blocks, and 24 districts across seven states, and trained over 19,500 learners. These schools were operational even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Silai school programme is a pan India community-based rural initiative of Usha International.