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Four-year-old stitches life

Selu is little over four years but teaches 40-year-olds how to sew. Over 40 of her women students have set up their own tailoring units after Selu trained them, reports Prabhu Razdan.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2007 03:44 IST
Prabhu Razdan

She is little over four years but teaches 40-year-olds how to sew. Selu Mishra, a Class I student at Anantrampati village in Mirzapur district, Uttar Pradesh, has stitched together a rare example of women’s empowerment.

Over 40 of her women students have set up their own tailoring units after Selu trained them.

Right now, Selu is busy imparting stitching lessons to 24 students aged between 15 and 40 at her tailoring centre. And the charges are minimal Rs 65 in the first month of training and Rs 50 subsequently. The hard-earned money goes toward paying her study expenses and her mother’s medical bills.

“I charge money from the women as the amount is used for my education and also for meeting my mother’s medical expenses,” Selu said. “I want to do a B.Sc, but will keep on training women in tailoring.”

The wonder kid has always been attracted to the sewing machine in her house. “I used to watch my mother sew,” she told Hindustan Times over telephone.

Father Ramjee said Selu started fiddling with the sewing machine when she was just two. A year later, she was training women of her mother’s age.

Suman Pandey, Selu’s 19-year-old student who comes from a village two-km away, said: “Her art of teaching tailoring is wonderful. One cannot imagine a girl of just four-and-a-half-year do such wonders.”

“She has taught us to sew different kinds of dresses of children and women,” Suman said. “I never thought my daughter would develop such a liking for tailoring to such an extent that people from different villages will come to her. I feel proud as her father,” Ramjee said.