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New skills bring self reliance for women tailors in Tamil Nadu

Kavita can now feed her family thanks to learning how to upskill her sewing and business skills with the Tamil Nadu Labour Union (TNLU). After joining the tailoring cooperative she can now demand much higher prices by offering skilled decorative work on bridal blouses and dresses. Due to a disability her husband cannot work and her basic hemming skills meant very low wages.

From the increased income she has been able to buy two electric sewing machines and has also established a shop with two other co-op members. She has also passed on these modern design skills to 29 other women. She is now on the governance board of the cooperative. 

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