This lady (in red) joined the My Business My Freedom program in Nepal and received a microloan to establish a tailoring shop. She is a single mum and has been unable to secure a loan to get established. She loves to sew but has not had the opportunity to advance her skills. With her business now established, through the help of the My Business My Freedom program, she is not only able to support herself and her children but she is also giving back to her community by teaching tailoring skills to local young women.
When single moms are given the opportunity to become self-sustainable, it lessens the influence of traffickers and their lies of a better life. These women also pave the way for their daughters to be safe, educated and talented entrepreneur women.
Women Entrepreneurs Affected during Nepal Lockdown
Anjana, 30, is married and has 2 children. Because she married at an early age of 16 with neither her or her husband having any source of income, their parents refused to support them. She felt the need to work or start her own business, but she had no means of funding. To support the family, Anjana’s husband started working at a cobbler’s place. There he earned about NPR 6,000 (AUD 65) per month, which was barely enough to provide for their rent and other basic needs. They struggled financially.
Suma Pun (28) lives with her husband and child. Her husband is 60 years old and unable to support his family. Suma joined the My Business My Freedom and with her first microloan, purchased a sewing machine to make clothes to sell.
Yam Rana was married 13 years ago and has a daughter and a son. She and her husband struggled to provide for their family which meant they could not send their children to school. She heard about the My Business My Freedom Program and attended an orientation session. This was an opportunity she knew would help her to grow an income and be able to give her children an education.