Satyavathi and her husband, living in Narrawada village, Andhra Pradesh, lived on the daily wages that her husband earned working as a mason. Supplementing the family income, of the very little that she knew of tailoring, she would stitch blouses at home to bring her share to the table. However, she was not equipped with the adequate skill sets to go beyond regular stitching and further enhance her incomes. On a lookout for institutes providing trainings beyond the regular stitching, Satyavathi learnt about the ‘Micro Entrepreneurship programme for Women in Sewing Machine Operation’ at SEEDS rural campus in Duttalur, and there was no looking back thereafter.
During her training period, she was taught various techniques that involved the technical know-how of taking accurate measurements, Punjabi-dress cutting/stitching, frock and umbrella cutting – all of which have enabled her to start on her own. She set up a tailoring shop in her own village, and today, she is earning 60% more than what she used to earn and stands tall as an example of improved confidence and independence for everyone around.
“Today I’m receiving many orders for blouses and Punjabi dresses from four neighbouring villages as my earning ranges from Rs. 600-800 a day,” says a happy Satyavathi, expressing her gratitude to SEEDS for providing a platform to help her achieve her dream.