A tale of a Woman trailblazer, from Overcoming Cancer to becoming an entrepreneur with Skill India Mission
By Pinkerala News Desk | Feb 12, 2024
It is established that for India to achieve the developed nation status by 2047, there is a need for empowering Nari Shakti across diverse industries and make the entrepreneurial ecosystem more holistic and inclusive. With this, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is introducing several women-centric skill initiatives through institutions like— National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSSs), Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs) and Skill India’s flagship scheme— Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).
One such inspiring story is of Praseeda T., a female entrepreneur hailing from Kerala who found her passion and calling in a apparel business after battling cancer for three-years, depicting grit, perseverance, and hard work. There is a proverb— tough times do not last but tough people do. And following this, Praseeda never perceived her health issue as a hurdle but gained strength from it and worked toward building a life on her own terms. A transformative moment came in her life when she enrolled for an apparel course under PMKVY scheme from Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) under Skill India Mission which took her one step closer to her dreams. The training enriched her understanding of the apparel industry, deepened her expertise in technical skills, and provided insights on how to effectively market products in real-world settings.
While presenting the Interim Union Budget 2024-25, the Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has also underscored the growth trajectory of Skill India Mission which has trained 1.4 crores youth, including women, which stands as a testament to the Government’s unwavering commitment to creating a level-playing field for women entrepreneurs.
These institutions are at the forefront of unlocking the latent potential within our demographic dividend. As of December 9, 2023, a total of 2,79,713 candidates in Kerala have undergone training through various programs under PMKVY. The ministry is equipping women with credit, technology, infrastructure, and skill training programmes with an aim to fuel innovation, catalyse job and livelihood opportunities, making them self-reliant.
After completion of the course, Praseeda was awarded with a skill certificate which enabled her to secure a loan of 10 lakhs under the Pradhan Mantri Employment Guarantee Programme (PMEGP) and establish her own business - Sree Vinayakam Readymade garments. PMKVY played a pivotal role in nurturing her passion, guiding her toward the realization of his aspirations. The training she received not only honed her skills but also improved accessibility and reach of her products, fostering her entrepreneurial spirit, and enriching her understanding of the industry.
She is currently running a business comprising of 12 team members that caters to the apparel needs of the customers like school uniforms, nightwear, kurta, coats and stone embellishments. She has equipped the business with 15 stitching machines, 1 overlock machine, a cutting machine, a boiling machine, button machine, and a buttonhole machine.
Praseeda extends her gratitude towards Skill India Mission and through resilience and courage has not only conquered her own obstacles but has become an inspiration for many others.
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