Empowering Women

  • NamePriyanka Upadhyay
  • Village nameKhamaria Khud

Priyanka Upadhyay hails from the village – Khamaria Khud of Block- Chapia in the interiors of Gonda District of Uttar Pradesh. Khamaria Khurd is 4 km from Babhnan city and Balrampur Chini Mills Unit- Bhabhnan. She belongs to a family that is engaged in agriculture with her husband working in farms. She has a 9 year young daughter Anshika, who had severe medical issues and that drained all the financial planning and savings of the family. These medical expenses had made them economically vulnerable.

The worry of ensuring that the family is provided troubled Priyanka, she was dedicated to find a way to support her family financially. She soon started taking up small tailoring work, but observed that the people in the village preferred going to trained tailors who have a tailoring shop. Priyanka’s dedication of contributing to her family made her realize that obtaining training for tailoring would help her improve her skills and therefore improve the income generation of the family.

Priyanka enrolled herself for the Nai Umeed program and skilled herself in tailoring through the BCML CSR initiative. Today Priyanka is a certified USHA- BPF Silai teacher and trains other young women in the community. She is able to fetch a decent income of around INR 7,000 / – per month from her tailoring and teaching work. Priyanka wants to start her own tailoring school and become a role model entrepreneur for the young women in her community.