Usha and SIDBI join hands to promote entrepreneurship

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SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) has partnered with Usha to promote entrepreneurship among rural women under its flagship initiative Mission Swavalamban. The collaboration is venturing into setting up 2,450 Usha Swavalamban Tailoring Schools which will be done in three phases in different villages of India. Mission Swavalamban aims to shift the focus from job seekers to job givers. Swavalamban schools are also present in disaster prone areas like earthquake prone areas of Himachal Pradesh, flood prone areas of Tripura. In Himachal Pradesh, Sandana Devi is among the top 5 highest average monthly income earners of Usha Sewing School initiatives across the country. He averages Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 31,000 per month. Gauri Debnath from Tripura, who was selected by SIDBI under their Entrepreneurship Support Scheme, was given a SIDBI grant, using which she bought sewing machines and expanded her enterprise. SIDBI provided support not only through Mission Swavalamban, but also by providing linkage with COWE (Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs) Mart to sell products online.

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