Kamala Bhandari – Bloomed Out of Cocoon
Kamala, 4O of Dhurkot, Gulmi had a small tea stall in her village which failed to provide her with income she needed to run a family while her husband was involved in labor work in India. This forced her to take loan of NPR. 30,000 at a high interest rate. After a need assessment, Kamala received 9 does from Heifer’s project along with trainings like Cornerstone, gender, improved animal management, fodder/forage management, nutrition, etc. In addition, she also received seed/saplings of fodder/forage and support to improve goat shed.
Kamala says, “after receiving trainings and resource support, I have felt confident and empowered. Earlier, I was even shy to introduce myself, today I am leading so many community groups in my village and am a socially involved economic actor of my family. I made NPR 143,750 (USD 1,450) from goat enterprise alone “. She further added, “I have realized that if hard work and determination are combined, no work is small and employment can be brought to the village itself”. Realizing that goat entrepreneurship will not only bring Kamala out of poverty but also paved her a way to provide a better future to her family, Kamala’s husband has moved back to the village and the couple together run a small farm they have created in a leased land. Kamala has utilized the resources provided by the project, and has bloomed out of cocoon spreading her wings.