The Pondicherry Multipurpose Social Service Society (PMSSS) has started a ‘Silai School’ to train women entrepreneurs. The programme was started on Tuesday and 15 women have been enrolled for the training.
The Silai School is a joint venture between Usha International and PMSSS, aimed at engaging poor women in some income-generating activities through the running of these tailoring courses, a release said.
The program is a seven-day, residential program and the syllabus is tailor-made to suit the needs of the people in each State. Here the women are also taught sewing-machine maintenance and repair. Participants are given free sewing machines, Usha Silai School signs and syllabus to start their own schools. These women will be able to conduct a three-month program for students and the classes can be conducted in their own homes, whenever they are free. Through these schools, participants will be able to earn money in three ways –from their sewing lessons, through tailoring work and through repairing sewing machines.
There are various Silai Schools across the country and, on average, the women can earn anywhere between Rs. 2000 to Rs. 13,000 per month, the release said.