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Sumitra Bista, (Tailoring workshop), Sainbu

BSC_Brochure_10.jpgOne and a half years ago, Sumitra Bista was just a tailor in a tailoring shop in Sainbu. Today, she is the owner of that very same shop and employs two girls herself. She lives nearby with her son and things, it seems, have turned out well for her. She too has a story to tell about her circumstances, the all too familiar tale about estrangement with her husband for reasons best known to the persons involved themselves. But, all this of course made life very difficult for Sumitra. As it turned out, during that time, the previous owner wanted to sell her shop and Sumitra plucked up her courage to buy it herself.

For her, BSC couldn’t have come into her life at a more opportune time. “I too attended the BSC meeting one and a half years ago. There, I was one of the 18 women selected to be one of their beneficiaries of their programme.” Sumitra underwent a month long training and says, “I knew quite a lot about sewing but not much about cutting. BSC taught me that skill and now I am a tailor master rather than just a tailor.” What else did she learn? “I also learnt how to manage my own business,” she says. And, has her training been fruitful for her? “Yes, of course,” she replies. She seems quite assured of herself and appears to be well liked by her two employees, two young girls from outside the Kathmandu valley.

Her establishment is within the Bhainsepati residential area and she says that she has a loyal clientele base consisting of locals of the area as well as from the locality where she lives, some distance away. For Sumitra, BSC has been a Godsend and she is hopeful that the programme will continue to support her in her endeavors to run her business successfully in the future as well.

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