Fena-Adharshila Centre for Skill Development, Tigri and Tughlaqabad, Delhi
Anushka Bansiwal (Job Holder)
Anushka is a multi-talented exuberant girl, who has seen the harsh side of life from close quarters. She has one elder sister and two younger brothers who have always supported each other as much as they can. Anushka’s father seems subdued however he is an alcoholic and physical abuse became an integral part of Anushka’s growing up years. Her mother, a homemaker, was compelled to become a vegetable vendor to support the family when alcoholism led her father to shun his responsibilities towards the family.
This scenario made Anushka determined to lead a life less ordinary and she decided to learn to be a seamstress, initially from a friend in the vicinity and then professionally through the MasterG initiative of Adharshila.
Anushka wanted to excel in her craft and she did. Today, she has a regular paying job as a pattern maker in an export house with a monthly salary of Rs.12,000/-per month and she tutors young girls in her vicinity for a fees of Rs.500-700/-per month. Anushka’s enterprise did not end there, she showcased her talent on video sharing app “TikTok” was even spotted by the famous designer Neeta Lulla’s fashion house and was offered a position at their Hyderabad unit. However, being a woman in the man’s world is not easy and she had to let go of the opportunity for the sake of her family and infant.
Life is full of hits and misses, hope Anushka is bestowed with success in her future endeavors and she achieves her full potential. Actually, with her indomitable spirit it is just a matter of time when she will turn the tide in her favor.
Jaishree joined MasterG in 2017 to learn basic stitching and then started enjoying the creative satisfaction which playing with the fabrics gave her.
She faced opposition from her family when she expressed a desire to pursue advanced level, however, Jaishree did not bow down and instead of breaking the rules, bent them a bit by emotionally blackmailing her family into allowing her willingly to pursue her vocation further.
It was not just stitching that Jaishree learnt during her stint with MasterG, she learnt the basic etiquette and her personality also evolved from a reticent, underconfident girl to a dynamic and strong-willed pattern maker. She did her internship for four months and then got absorbed in the industry soon enough.
During the COVID-19 pandemic she exhibited her workaholic side by working round the clock in making masks for mass distribution. In fact, within two weeks she earned almost Rs.16000/- which is commendable for someone whose monthly salary is Rs.16000/-.
Jaishree is an inspiration to all the girls who want to break the myth that pattern makers can only be males. She has worked her way into a male-dominated field with sheer commitment and focus.
Finally, in her own words, “Respect and faith is all a girl needs to become an achiever beyond imagination.” And we agree.
I joined a 3-month long MasterG course. I was equally nervous and excited when I drafted my first ever pattern. After completing the course, I could observe the improvement in my work and hence started taking orders from home. I am unable to express the joy I feel when I receive the payments for my hard work. Joining the MasterG course was the best decision I ever made.
Sadaf Ziya (Job Holder)
Sadaf is one of our youngest makers at our all women factory. She migrated to Delhi 4 years ago to pursue her higher education, and joined the MasterG training program at our partner NGO centre at Adharshila Trust in Tigri, on her mother’s advice. When she is not making garments or patterns at MasterG, she loves reading and sketching.
Kahkeshan Alvi (Job Holder)
Kahkeshan is a 19 year old maker at our factory. She is one of the finest and most precise curriculum designers we have. She came to know about the training program through a friend while returning from school and joined the program immediately. After completing her course at our centre with Adharshila Trust, Tigri in 2018, she joined the all women team at the factory. She dreams of travelling the world one day and has a keen interest in the Arabic language and spends most of her free time learning it.
Rajni Maurya (Job Holder)
Our prodigy child, Rajni is an epitome of relentlessness and virtuosity of work ethic. Starting her journey as a student at the Tigri centre, she soon became a merchandiser with industry standard earnings. Her journey has been a conventional progression of success in the field of apparel making and still been unique. She went from being a maker to GScore assessor at MasterG. Another beautiful feather in her adorned hat has been, making custom made clothing for Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen Fund.
Chanchal Maurya (Job Holder)
Chanchal is a strong-willed girl who had to quit studies after her father’s demise.
Her dream of pursuing higher studies in Science stream was nipped in the bud by destiny. Still, she mustered up all her strength and decided to become an earning member of her family. Chanchal got to know about the MasterG program through her friends who were already a part of the course. Before coming to the center Chanchal did not know even basic stitching but she was determined enough to work hard and trained at MasterG for a year to take it up professionally. Chanchal proved that “industry is the key to success” and learnt stitching which she abhorred. Now, Chanchal has started earning an income of Rs 10,000/-per month independently by working for an organization “Women-Fiber to Fashion” as a center coordinator.
The organization works for sexual and physical abuse victims. Chanchal motivates these girls who come to the organization and works with empathy and enthusiasm. Chanchal shows us that dark phases can pose hurdles in life but to overcome them is totally based on our attitude towards the hurdles.
She overcame her hardships and became the beacon of light to many others who were trying to come out of the darkness. Chanchal believes that given a chance any girl can convert it into an opportunity for a lifetime.
Mamta (Job Holder)
I was enrolled in a 1-year MasterG training course. Along with acquiring various skills and techniques of pattern making, I attained an enormous amount of self-belief and self-confidence through this training. After completing the course, I earned an opportunity to do an internship at MasterG Okhla studio, wherein through practice I attained finishing in my work. Today, I have a respectable job working at Pee Empro Exports Private Limited, and earning 9500 Rs/month, I am able to contribute to my family income. I am able to educate my younger sisters and want them to go for higher studies. My parents are extremely happy seeing my progress.
We’ve all seen and normalized the fact that the pattern makers in our fashion industry are mostly or all men. Women are employed only for meagre work and income like stitching a button or opening up a stitch. When I heard about MasterG, I immediately knew that this is an attempt that’ll make women in our society independent and self-reliant. My dream is to empower women as I was once. I want to teach all that I’ve learnt in MasterG to more and more girls and make them stand on their own feet. I want to make them aware of the MasterG course and encourage them to join the same
Aasmeen Alvi (Job Holder)
Aasmeen is known for her rebellious and jovial attitude towards life. When her parents did not allow her to go and pursue her passion for design, Asmeen refused to eat and talk to them. Her parents had to give up. She finally joined the course and is now interning at the factory. Asmeen starts her backpacking expedition at 7 AM from Badarpur and joins her team at 9.30 AM to begin work. She has become a part of the curriculum designing team at MasterG and a maker.
Rizwana Bano (Job Holder)
Rizwana entered MasterG as a student in our Fena-Adharshila Centre for Skill Development, Tughlaqabad. After working hard and acing in her batch, she graduated the breaking patterns training program with flying colours. As a student she used to entertain individual orders from home and refined her quality of work with each order, one cut, one stitch at a time. Right infront of our eyes, she became an industry standard pattern maker earning a prescribed salary, also working as a sample maker at HEIMAT. Today, Rizwana is a Master trainer for our students at Nayara Mahila Sashaktikaran Kendra, Vadinar, Gujarat and she also helps train new trainers joining our ecosystems.
Our most enthusiastic Studio interns, Nisha. She has been coming to our Okhla factory from Tigri since June 2019. Although she had a keen interest in tailoring, her parents motivated her for formal education in arts from Delhi University. She was introduced to our training course whilst in college by her neighbour, Sadhna. Seeing the space occupied by women pattern makers, Nisha sought inspiration to recondition her life. Since she has joined our team, Nisha continues to flame her curiosity to learn more and has never looked back.
MasterG Skill Development Centre, Gwal Pahari, Haryana
My name is Anju. I live in Gwal Pahari. I had completed my studies and was whiling away my time sitting at home for 3 months. One of my friends told me about the MasterG fashion designing course. I visited the center, met Santosh ma’am and got more information regarding the course and the curriculum. I immediately resolved to join MasterG Classes. For me fashion designing is all about making the best use of one’s creative self and skills. It is something you can learn at any age. I was a regular to the classes and learnt so much about stitching, pattern making & designing etc. Today, I am financially independent and feel like I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
My name is Jyoti, and I used to look at the fashion industry as an unachievable dream. All I ever wanted in life was to design beautiful dresses. My family was very supportive of my choices and guided me in my journey of becoming a pattern maker. After completing the MasterG course, Santosh Ma’am directed towards me some orders of stitching haryanvi chunni from Jonapur. I stitched these chunniyan from home, and have started earning 7000 – 8000 Rs/ month. I am grateful to MasterG for making me financially independent. It’s the best feeling one can have.
Deepansha (Job Holder)
My name is Deepansha. I hail from the village of Gwal Pahari. I joined the MasterG training course to learn pattern making and achieve perfection in my finishing. After joining masterG, I first used to work for home-based orders and was able to earn Rs. 2000-3000 per month. MasterG has now provided me with a job at Dhuri. I will now be able to fulfill my dream of becoming financially independent.
My name is Preeti and I am 28 years old. I completed my graduation in Bachelors of Arts in 2014 and was married off. After 3-years of marriage, I left my in-laws house out of mental frustrations caused by them. My father introduced me to MasterG and enrolled me in the course. I am eternally thankful to him for giving me hope and changing my entire life trajectory. I regained my confidence as I got trained in the course. I learnt all about pattern paper, and how we draw and cut the pattern on a paper before doing the same on a fabric. MasterG course tended not only to the tangible skills but to our spoken english and Hindi and acquiring a professional attitude. The most interesting thing that I learned in the course was how to make multiple patterns and breaking the pattern to do so.
Madhu (Job Holder)
I got to know about the MasterG course in 2016, while I was enrolled in ITI (Industrial Training Institute). I learnt so much about stitching, pattern making once I joined the MasterG course. I soon got an internship offer at MasterG, as I was praised for my pattern making skills and finishing. I worked with some high-end brands during my internship period. MasterG also provided me with a job at a brand named Dressfolk. I now make patterns, stitch and live my dream.
Manju is one of our most experienced and enthusiastic makers, and has had a unique journey of achieving self-sufficiency. After successfully completing her training, she is now an active part of the MasterG factory where we hire our alumni from various training centres. Today Manju is not only financially stable but also emotionally strong. She continues to inspire women to step out of conservative mindsets and strive for their independence.
Nayara Mahila Sashaktikaran Kendra, Vadinar, Gujarat
Sheetalben Mansukh Bhai Rathod
My name is Sheetalben Mansukh Bhai Rathod. I hail from an agricultural background, belonging to a farmers’ family in Singach. In our society, not much attention is given to the need for a girl’s education. Yet, I could join MasterG training because of my father, and his wish for me to fulfill my dream of becoming a fashion designer. It was no less than a golden opportunity for me. I came in with absolutely no knowledge of the skills and techniques required for becoming a pattern maker. My life changed drastically. My first ever stitch and pattern was at MasterG. I used to work on the farm, helping out my parents and then reach the MasterG training centre. After completing my training hours, I went to the farm again to finish the pending. I used to practice whatever was taught, in the little time I used to get at night. I wanted to attain perfection in my techniques. This has been the biggest achievement for me & my family.
Ruksanaben Talabbhai Bhagad
My name is Ruksanaben Talabbhai Bhagad. For others this is my success story but to me it was the ultimate turn my life took. I am a housewife. I have two sons, a 6 years old and a 1 and a half years old. My husband is a fisherman. My biggest obstacle in life was being uneducated. I joined a MasterG course to acquire some skills to be able to earn a livelihood. Before joining this training, I didn’t have any idea about the number of tools used and how to use them. Taking this MasterG training changed my life by providing me with an immense amount of skill sets. I didn’t even know how to use a measuring tape and used to cut by taking measurements by my fingers or by putting a size of cloth up on the fabric. After joining, I learnt all the little things and wish to learn more from this training to make my passion, my biggest achievement in life. After completing the training, I want to join the production unit and contribute to my family, financially.
Muskan Amad Fakir
My name is Muskan Amad Fakir. I have received formal education up till 12th Standard. I am the eldest of the 5 sisters. My mother is a housewife and my father owns a condiments’ shop. My mother suggested that I join the 3-month free-of-cost training at MasterG with BISLD-BAIF. I went in with no knowledge of a stitching machine and came out a confident pattern maker with experience in quality work. This training made me learn a lot of new things and entertain new ideas. I am continuing MasterG training and also working in the production unit. I work hard each day to be independent. I want to attain perfection in my cutting, stitching, pattern making and in taking measurements of any fabric. By completing my MasterG training, I want to become a Fashion Designer.
Sleepwell Foundation – MasterG Skill Development Centre, Khurja, Uttar Pradesh
My name is Farah Pawar. I am currently enrolled in the MasterG training centre at Khurja which is in association with Sleepwell Foundation. I live in a family of six. I have completed my studies till 12th standard. I joined this course to become independent and attain my own identity. I have gained self-confidence to earn my living and live by my own rules, after joining this course. I got to know about this course from one of my cousins, when she took me to a fashion show conducted by the centre. Initially I only had my mother’s support, but gradually gained all my family’s.
I am Poonam. I am currently enrolled in the MasterG Skill Development Centre, Khurja which is in association with Sleepwell Foundation. I am from Hazratpur Puthari and live in a family of seven. I completed my studies from Public Inter College. I was fond of stitching and the course enabled me to learn even more about garment making. I have learnt so much here, from pattern making, pattern cutting to finishing. I got to know about this course through one of the centre’s staff. There’s much to learn here about various tools etc. My family is rejoiced when they see the garments made by me.
My name is Vivek. I am currently enrolled in the MasterG training program at the Khurja centre. I have studied till 8th standard. There are four members in my family. I joined this course to ensure a bright future for myself. I have learnt so much about stitching, pattern making since joining this course and feel confident about my finishing. This course has prepared me to one day earn my own living and support my parents who provide me with their complete support.
To have minimum 1 female pattern maker per garment factory or fashion house in India.
37, 468 have signed. Let’s get to 50,000!
The industry acknowledges roughly 1 pattern maker to every 300 stitchers. Women are confined to silai machines and estranged from the power to make their own decisions and use their creativity. Without any women pattern makers as role models, women have not been able to claim any dignified space at their place of work, in their homes, or even in their communities. The absence of livelihood or job opportunities discourages them from learning the skill. Break the pattern of exclusion and welcome women pattern makers in the industry.
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"What excites us is her aspiration for this business, which is unlocking the potential of these women who would otherwise not be free (economically or socially). This is a gender-focused workforce development play from which we can learn a lot. She is thus developing a model where she is tapping into funding that will allow companies and corporations to work around their area of operations that provides the dignity and income security to the women in the community around their operations."
Mahesh Yagnaraman (India Country Director, Acumen Fund)
“We thank MasterG India for being our partners in courage, in resilience, in gumption, in overthrowing societal patriarchy, in inspiration, in changing the impossible to not just possible, but transforming the impossible into a strong foundation upon which generational healing and value is built. We thank the team for making our clothes so beautifully. But most of all we thank MasterG India for being our rock, for being India’s rock, and for manufacturing power itself. We’re fortunate to be able to stand strong, together with them."
Shobhana Mukherjee and Aditi Mukerjee (Founders of Not Same, Equal)
“Working with MasterG on my designs has always been a fantastic experience, they are hands down my favorite vendor. The stitching is high quality and the girls always bring such innovation and creativity into every piece they have made for Swiatlo. I so appreciate all the incredible work they have done and we look forward to producing more in the future!”
Liz Hartman (Founder of Swiatlo)
“When I first connected with Gayatri at MasterG, I was amazed by her eagerness and excitement to work with milo+nicki. With previously failed partnerships with teams in India, I was nervous if authenticity and integrity would prevail with MasterG, but it was clear from the first call. The authenticity, kindness, integrity, honesty, transparency, ethicality, and familial atmosphere of MasterG and each team member brought me back to loving what I do, and they are the only team I trust 110% with m+n production. The quality is above par, communication is clear and always concise, their excitement and eagerness is contagious, and their craftsmanship is beyond words. I believe they are a part of our team, but most importantly, they are m+n family.”
Nicki Patel (Founder of Milo + Nicki)