Becoming an Entrepreneur: Miss Y

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I come from a small village, the daughter of my mother and stepfather, with five sisters and one brother. Despite attending school, I was always busy with household chores like tending goats and grinding grain from the age of 14, alongside other village girls. During the Maoist insurgency, I had no involvement but still I am the victim of conflict. At the age of 16, I married in the village where I found refuge and soon became a mother, having three more children in the following years. With our family facing hardship, we moved to India where my husband worked tirelessly to support us, though we struggled with health issues from consuming cheap alcohol. Despite my own hard work at home, providing breakfast for our children, life was challenging.

After seven years, we returned to Nepal for our children’s education, living in a modest home with precarious finances. Every day is a struggle to feed my children and myself, while my husband labors with lingering injuries from the conflict. Despite our hardships, joining the Nepal Women Community Service Center has brought me mental health support, improving our daily lives. Now, I feel more empowered and capable of facing our challenges. We have started to turn things around—what used to be subsistence farming with vegetables, goats, and chickens has transformed into a more business-oriented approach. From morning till evening, we stay busy, striving to build a brighter future from the hardships of our past.

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