SIDBI launches the 5th phase of setting up 300 Swavalamban Silai Schools to promote Women’s Entrepreneurship in villages

Gives 10X power to entrepreneurial pursuit on the occasion of 76th Independence Day

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), the Principal Financial Institution engaged in the promotion, financing, and development of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) under its flagship initiative Mission Swavalamban, Atma Nirbhar Bharat and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in partnership with Usha International Limited (UIL) has launched, on independence day, the fifth phase of setting up of 300 Swavalamban Silai Schools across ten districts of 6 States / Union Territory viz. Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Goa, Puducherry, Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh with an objective to empower women, making them independent while pursuing entrepreneurship culture (Udyam Se Azadi) and evolve as Homepreneurs. The virtual launch of the program was flagged off virtually from Puducherry by CMD, SIDBI, in the attendance of around 25 aspirational homepreneurs.

On this occasion, Shri Sivasubramanian Ramann, CMD, SIDBI, said, “As we celebrate 76th year of independence with the theme of ‘Udyam Se Aazadi” by promoting women entrepreneurship, artisans, and large-scale livelihood promotion, SIDBI is glad to announce that through this joint initiative, till now, 2700 Swavalamban Silai Schools have been set-up covering 2618 villages, 198 blocks, 48 districts across 17 states (viz. UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh & North-East (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tripura & Mizoram) of country. It’s a matter of pride that they contributed to the national mission “Har Ghar Tiranga” by making 75000 flags which were distributed among 750 villages. “

Earlier, these homepreneurs supported the covid fight by making around 1.5 lakh masks in 7 states. 160 silai women entrepreneurs have since onboarded the GEMS portal, and few of them also stepped up to a level of participating in exhibitions with their products. Taking the momentum ahead, SIDBI aims to reach 5,000 such schools across India and further step them up to take up bigger roles in the readymade garment sector.

Under this program, aspiring women entrepreneurs are multi-skilled in stitching, maintenance & repairing sewing machines along with life skills & tenets of entrepreneurship. These are done by expert trainers of UIL. The selection, capacity building & setting up by homepreneurs is a well laid down process.

The participants start their journey by unpacking the sewing machine box, assembling it, and again dismantling & assembling it. The women successfully completing the training program are provided a sewing machine, training kit, machine manual, design book, certificate, and a Swavalamban Silai School signage board. This initiative is not only making them independent and role models for their families but infusing entrepreneurship culture as also, in turn they become master trainers and then teach, on average, ten more women, which would create a multiplier/ripple effect.

In the first four phases of the initiative, 2700 homepreneurs are functional and have enrolled over 27000+ learners under them, leading to the deepening of the theme of entrepreneurship. Each homepreneur acts as a trainer for aspirants, designs & sells stitched garments and also provides repair services. The initiative has touched the bottom of the pyramid of women and deprived sections of society.

Out of these 2700 Homepreneurs, around 40% of women fall under the Other Backward Class category, while around 39% of women belong to the Scheduled Cast/Scheduled Tribe category. Overall, 60% of these women who have set up Silai Schools hail from the Below the Poverty Line category. The cumulative income of these 2700 women has been recorded at Rs.12.47 Cr during the period of 3 years through stitching job-work, learners’ fee & sewing machine repair. Around 40-45% of these homepreneurs are earning around Rs. 3000-3500/month on average. The next level of their aspiration to assimilate embroidery & fashion designing is being worked upon jointly by SIDBI & Usha.

This article was shared with Prittle Prattle News as a Press Release.
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