How a Woman Stitched Her Way to Success

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Progress through collective mobilization

After seeing the news in papers that uniforms to students could not be issued for that year, as tailors did not deliver in time, the womenfolk  of Madugulapalli, thought, ‘why can’t they take up that job’. They knew that for taking up that task, first they should pick up skills in tailoring. Observing their zeal and determination, Dayamruta, the district official of NABARD proposed to help them. He selected 90 self-help groups and arranged to improve their skills under the  LEDP (Livelihood and Enterprise Development Programme)  through Swami Vivekananda  Rural Development Society. Now banks are coming forward to give loans for purchasing sewing-machines.

The self-confidence that has created the market ahead of production is going to change the rural economy of Nalgonda district.

What’s LEDP?

NABARD has initiated the LEDP programme, with an intent to improve living standards  of rural poor women and provide them sustainable livelihood. This programme aims to teach them advanced techniques, bring them above the poverty line through earnings, and improve their living standards. The key elements of this work are to improve technology, skill development, creation of new designs, and improve their marketing opportunities for sustainable development.

Training in tailoring…

The programme is being implemented for women from Madugulapalli, Indugala and Dacharam villages in Nalgonda district, mainly to discourage their migration for want of livelihood. It is enhancing their skills in stitching school uniforms. Specialists in tailoring trained the women belonging to Self Help Groupsin stitching school uniforms and other latest designed garments. Ninety women from 3 villages in Nalgonda district have undergone 15 days training in 3 batches. Now, they can produce all theseby setting up a cottage industry at home itself. This ensures them earnings ranging from Rs.300 to 500 per day.

These are the results:

  1. Every woman attained the capacity of owning a tailoring unit.
  2. The Swami Vekananda Rural Development Society,besides enhancing the skills, counselled them, and arranged loansand marketing facilities.
  3. Skilled women are looking forward to start production units. Banks are coming forward to lend them.
  4. By creating appropriate designs in tune with the demand, and by getting acquainted with new techniques, those who are below the poverty line are able to come up.
  5. Women,by forming into groups and units, are able to produce quality garments, well in time.
  6. Women’s income is gettingstabilised. Rural productivity will increase. As the skills improve, the rural women willinvolve in the marketing process.

Beneficiary response …

“When we were struggling without a livelihood, they provided free training and made us tailors. Banks also are willing to give us loans. There is a good demand for school uniforms.

I have undergone this training with the confidence that during next year I wouldget more orders,” says Jukanti Lalitha of Madugulapalli.


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