Swavalamban Silai School

Aimed at promoting women entrepreneurship in rural areas of the country, Swavalamban Silai School initiative is a seven-day training program on various aspects of stitching, designs, maintenance, repairing and handing over of sewing machine. SIDBI, in collaboration with USHA, has been supporting this initiative since September 2019. A total number of 1000 rural women have been trained under the initiative and 1000 schools set-up (homepreneurs) in 952 villages of 70 blocks of 10 districts. About 59% of the schools set-up belong to women hailing from BPL category and 45% of schools set-up belong to women from SC/ST category. As a multiplier effect 3273 learners have enrolled till 31st March 2020. The homepreneurs have booked a cumulative income of Rs.56.90 lakh. As per assessment done by an independent external agency, 58% did not have any income generating activities before. 92% expressed that they have better decision making in household matters (thus women empowerment facilitated) and all 100% were functional and fully satisfied with the outcome. During COVID-19/Lockdown period they have reflected resilience (as all were functional with some recording higher income than in normal time) and emerged as COVID warriors supplying masks for rural populace. Next generation (including women of the village) are looking at these homepreneurs as role models and started imbibing the entrepreneurial orientation.