Malkangiri: A young tribal woman, Samari Muduli of Podavata in Markapalli gram panchayat here has created new benchmarks for self-reliance and entrepreneurship.
The local girl with very basic education is a tailoring teacher for at least 60 women of the district today. A number of women students from her institute have started their own tailoring institutes/shops and are earning a respectable living.
Samari’s beginning was very modest. She always wanted to stand on her own feet and urged the local administration to get herself enrolled in a skill development programme. After learning the trade she got a sewing machine with a hand loan.
With a die-hard passion and commitment towards the profession, she marched ahead with success. Samari’s endeavours caught the attention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and she got another sewing machine to expand.
Samari always kept her chin up and started an institute named Gurupriya Tailoring Unit at Podavata. She got support from Odisha Skill Development Authority Chairman Subroto Bagchi and Odisha Livelihood Mission, to live her dreams.
Today, Samari is a self-made entrepreneur who is not only making a living for herself, she is making the lives of individuals and families. Her trainees express contentment in the skill she imparts. These women (mostly tribal and underprivileged) have become expert hands at sewing and tailoring and are able to provide a good living to their children.
“At present, 60 women are working in two shifts at Samari’s institute. We are sure that she will progress a lot in future. Samari is a role model of Malkangiri,” a local official said.