“We have taken orders to stitch undergarments for men and women. Women tailors who were stitching at their homes were identified with the help of the All India Democratic Women’s Association. Based on the output, we are planning to expand the business,” Ms. Kannamma said.
The entrepreneurs also have plans for a training unit exclusively for transgenders. “We are planning to set up at least five tailoring units in Madurai in the near future,” Ms. Kannamma said. “The women were hesitant to work with us initially,” Ms. Babu said. “But after we took them following an exposure to a tailoring unit in Vadamadurai, they have become extremely supportive and encouraging.”
AIDWA members said they had to organise a few sessions to win the confidence of women in the locality.