An important mandate of companies like USHA International Ltd (UIL) is to reach out to remote/non-electrified villages of the country, by establishing Silai (stitching and tailoring). Silai Schools are being opened with the aim of empowering a village level woman entrepreneur to teach sewing to village women within the community.
Usha International Ltd is a multi-product company with operations across India. The product range includes sewing machines, fans, home appliances, power products, fuel injection pumps, water coolers and so on. Usha also has a network of sewing schools in large and small cities across urban India through which the organization has been imparting sewing skills to women.
Aside from Usha products which are used in virtually every Indian household, we hope to extend the reach of Usha’sSilai (Sewing) Schools programme into some of the countless under-served rural communities across the region, particularly those that suffer from a lack of electric power. Each Silai School, operated in conjunction with local NGO’s, will provide an entrepreneurial village woman with a sewing machine as well as training in sewing, simple mechanics for repairing sewing machines and the necessary syllabus for transferring sewing skills to the future generations of young women.
With these skills, women will have the means of generating independent incomes and of sustaining their families and communities. We intend that these schools will go some way to giving these communities and the women who keep them alive their fair share in the region’s future. Presently, over 10185 schools are in operation across all states of India and the number is growing at a thousand schools per year.