Deveshwari Devi: Knitting her way to success

Deveshwari Devi: Knitting her way to success

Deveshwari Devi, Baron Village of Ghat block, Chamoli District, Uttarkhand

Deveshwari Devi,W/o Shri Prem Singh has studied till 5th standard and has one son. In June 2013,she lost her agriculture land (that fetched an income of Rs 1500 to 2000 per month) due to natural disaster and her husband lost his job. In August 2013 Udyogini initiated livelihood restoration program for disaster affected families. During cluster mapping exercise she had shown keen interest in knitting enterprise.

Udyogini had established a training centre for the affected community at Ghat, under Intel supported program, where she enthusiastically attended the training (for 10 days) with an aim to establish her own knitting enterprise for survival. She was provided one hand knitting machine at 50% cost. She is now proficient in knitting sweater, socks and caps. On an average she knits about 30 to 40 woolen items per month.This enterprise provides her a profit of Rs. 6000/- per month*. She has now repaid the 50% cost of the machine from her income.

She is also providing training to other women of the village. Her total monthly income, currently, Rs. 9000 (both from sale of knitwear and training). She is becoming a role model for the villagers, especially women, for her hard work and dedication. She has enrolled her child in private school now. According to Deveshwari Devi “This enterprise needs some investment in order to upscale and upgrade the production. I would like to buy a new hand flat machine so that I could save more money and also able to start other business for my husband.

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