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Sarita Dongol, Thecho


As Sarita Dongol watches with a smile of contentment, her husband and their 9 year old daughter wave and disappear around the corner. He will drop her at the school where she studies in 4th grade and rush towards his work. He is a driver. Sarita can now concentrate on the repair of sewing machines in her small workshop. She feels proud of the fact that she is the only repair mechanic in her Village District Committee, Thecho, which lies about 7 KM from the capital city Kathmandu. She repairs two machines on average each day. This brings in money so that they do not have to worry about their daughter's education. She considers herself lucky to have a supportive husband, who takes care of the child, and helps her out in the kitchen too.

Things were not always so merry. When she got married at the age of 19, she was still in high school. She wanted to study more but her parent's financial condition did not allow it. Her husband had a small piece of land where seasonal crops could be grown. However, it was not enough for them to lead a comfortable life. Sarita did some basic training in tailoring. It didn't help much because there was a lot of competition and the paw was very low.

Then she came to know about various trainings that the Business Service Centre was organizing for the women in the areas so that they could establish their own businesses. She opted for mechanical training to repair sewing machines. With BSC's support, she acquired the basic skills and knowledge during her month-long training course in 2009. "It was not easy for me in the beginning. People doubted if a woman could struggle with iron and repair sewing machines," she recalls.

Gradually people started believing in her capabilities and now she enjoys the privilege of being the only person with the skills in her VDC. It has resulted in her gaining financial stability. "It has been pivotal for me to gain self respect and esteem. I have noticed the change in the way people look at me now. Thanks to BSC, I have gained a certain social recognition" she beams.

However, she feels that she could do better with an advanced training which would make her capable to handle more technical jobs like repairing heavier commercial machines used by garment factories around the area. BSC, appreciating her dedication, has arranged for such training for her in November/December 2010. She looks forward to it eagerly.

"I will further develop my enterprise after it. BSC has also assured me that it will arrange for a small loan for me so that I can trade new and old repaired machines. This will help me to further improve my financial status. I will be able to provide a better education for my daughter," she says. "I would like to thank BSC for the support given to underprivileged women. We have been able to contribute to the family, develop our skills and set up our micro and small enterprise." she concludes cheerfully.

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