From labourer to entrepeneur
”When I was 17 years, my parents forced me to marry man coming from a very poor family. Since my husband was illiterate, not having sufficient land for agriculture, I used to work as daily wage labourer. My husband used to drink alcohol every day and beat me for not bringing dowry. I used to spend many nights without food. After a year of our marriage, he divorced me. Meanwhile, I heard about the SAMVAD Kendra in my village and joined the SAMVAD process” says Asha Kewat- sharing her past memories with watery eyes.
”After my participation in SAMVAD Kendra, I got re-enrolled in grade 8 at Shree Adrash Higher Secondary School in Nawalparasi district. I also discussed with SAMVAD Kendra about livelihood improvement and initiated an off-season vegetable farming in 2 katta (700 square feet) land” she adds.
“I earned NPR 30,000 from vegetable farming last year which helped me to manage stationery, uniform and school fees since I have no other source of income. I have also started saving some money I have saved after managing all family expenses I earn from the vegetable farming which will help me in the future. You know I have managed my own dress as well as my family members’ from the same income I got from selling vegetables grown last year” said Asha.