Sewing initiative empowers the women of Ballia

Jagriti Foundation has opened its doors to 30 women who have been specially chosen as the inaugural students of the Jagriti Sewing Academy.

The women have been given the opportunity to attend this intensive training program for four hours a day, six days a week, for six months to learn how to sew and will graduate from the academy with a certificate to support them in finding employment.


“The women will master sewing on our pedal-powered sewing machines and are learning about maintaining the machines, refilling thread, planning, measuring skills, pinning and fabric cutting as well as sewing basics such as hemming and buttoning holes for items such as skirts, shirts, and many more,” shared Selena Fox, Jagriti Foundation Founder.

Located onsite at Jagriti Academy Ballia, the sewing academy has five pedal-powered sewing machines, one pedal-powered over locker, a cutting table and other sewing resources to support the women’s learning. An additional sewing machine has also been provided for the teacher of the class.

On the women’s reaction to learning about the Jagriti Sewing Academy opening, Jagriti Foundation Founder Selena Fox recalled the passion and excitement for learning that was expressed by the women in Ballia.

“I am not sure I have ever seen, felt or shared such a cultural mix of overwhelming excitement, love, hope and delighted shock as we experienced in the sharing of our surprise news of the establishment and opening of the Jagriti Sewing Academy,” Fox shared.

With the classes in high demand, Jagriti Foundation looks forward to welcoming more women into the Sewing Academy to gain the skills and confidence needed to support their families through micro-enterprise.

To support women to attend Jagriti Sewing Academy classes please visit our Jagriti Sewing Academy initiative page or to sponsor a sewing graduate with her own pedal powered sewing machine visit our Sew for Life initiative page.