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Mira Thapa and Kalpana Thapa (beads workshop), Sirutar

Sirutar, a small village in Bhaktapur District of Kathmandu Valley, is home to Mira Thapa and Kalpana Thapa who previously spent much of their time in household work and agricultural activities. But, they were not satisfied with their lot and had bigger ambitions. Fortunately, they came into contact with BSC who were also working in this village. Out of 27 women beneficiaries selected by the programme to provide entrepreneurship development services, two happened to show interest in beads jewellery making business. They were Mira and Kalpana who live close to each other.

DSC_2807_3750.jpgAfter a successful 12 days technical skill training that included also product design, the duo began to put whatever skills they had learned into practice during their free time. Since then, they have made good progress and now they regularly make and supply many bead jewellery items to shops in Pashupati area in Kathmandu. They have also developed good linkages with large wholesale bead suppliers of Indra Chowk in the capital that has helped them a great deal. Both of them are enthusiastic but admit that they still need to develop and refine their skills further to produce top quality beads jewellery and newer designs as demanded by the market. BSC arranged a space in a shop in a very high-end shopping centre in Kathmandu, for their products to be showcased. As expected, their products are fetching better prices here since many foreigners visit it.

Now, looking ahead to a bright future, Mira and Kalpana are planning to increase capital investment in their business to increase their production capacity and for quality improvement. They are confident about dealing directly with buyers so as to get better prices for their high quality products. Aside from all this, they are now able to contribute to family expenses and they have also noticed that other women living around their village seem to be impressed with what they have achieved. Now, their families are supporting them wholeheartedly because they clearly understand Mira and Kalpana’s efforts to improve their lives through their hard work and determination.

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