We are earning an income
In the Banke district of southern Nepal we are helping women like Parbati to set up small businesses so, for the first time, they have the opportunity to earn an income.
Parbati lives with her husband, two sons and her elderly parents in a remote village. Families are isolated, lack opportunities to earn an income and struggle to provide food for their families beyond what they can grow. Many men are forced to migrate for work, leaving women behind without access to money to support their family. Find Your Feet brought the women of Kumbhar village together to form a community group which saves money each month so they can build up a group fund and use it to take out small loans to start small businesses. Parbati borrowed 13,000 Nepalese Rupees (£87) to buy some goods so she could open a small shop at her home. Now she generates a steady income to support her family and her husband can live at home and help.
"With the shop in my house I can look after my family and children and earn an income. Before I couldn't earn anything, now I am able to earn money daily. Now I don't have to struggle as much. I hope to expand my shop so I have more products to sell and can pay for my children to have a higher education so they can get a job."