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Sharmila: “I have been with the R Star Program for 10 years since it started in our village of Wojethar. It brought us closer together in our village. Before I didn’t know the alphabet, now I can read. Rosalind brought us light and we thank her and we always think of her. It’s a pleasure to receive her anytime she comes. I would be so happy to see her again soon. Through the education program I learned literacy. I also run a little business in the village selling noodles, chocolates and other popular items; and I can count up the amounts on my own.”

“After she gave goats to me, the goats helped not only me, but my husband, brothers, children. We all prosper and we are still prospering because of the program. You saw me before in our house and you see me now in my new house I could build because of the profit I earned by selling the offspring of my original goats.”

” The micro banking meant we could pay the fees for our children’s school on time. I bought materials for building the new house and for the kids to go to school. Yes, we learned from the literacy classes; it really helps us because we could help our children at school; we can read signs so we don’t get lost; and we can read the numbers on the bus to take us to the right place. We used to pay landlords the unbearable interest (155- 185%), to live but now we pay the interest (10%) to our own group of 25 women members, so the R Star micro finance group gets even stronger to loan more to more of our groups. It is kind of R Star not to take the interest we pay on each loan. When is Rosalind coming again?”

“It changed the caste system, Dunwars are used to discrimination as we are “untouchables” now they (all castes, Brahmans, Newars and all) come for advice and we are friends without the caste as a barrier to us any longer.”