Recently, we’ve interviewed women in Nepal that are involved in our projects. Enjoy!
- Has the work with the goats/groups and micro-financing improved our life? The lives of your family?
Yes, of course you know that. After you people started goat groups and gave us goat we have been always gaining so many things.
- HOW and WHAT are the changes you, your family have benefited from? How many in your family?
Ah…First change is we are now united and can solve our problems with the help of our own group. We have our own fund for the needs that overcomes at times such as sickness, delivery cases, you know.. two wemen in our village died at the delivery time suffering because their husband didn’t took them to the hospital due to lack of money. Not only that we can now also fight other accidental cases, such as fire and falling down from the trees. We can purchase seeds & fertilizers on time lending money from our group fund that makes our agricultural product better. Most important improvement is we have our own property as goats and we have made such a good income by selling the products. This year only I have 5 male goats ready for the market. I hope to make about 11 hundred dollars this year. So that means I make nearly one hundred dollars a month. Yahoo! We do not have any landlords who made a fortune by lending money to us with 70-90% interest and free labor. Thank you Rabin and our beloved sister Rosalind.
- What year did you join in the R Star groups with goats or literacy or cottage industries?
I joined the goat project in the year 2003/4 and cottage and literacy in 2008 and 2010. I think when we talked about goat project to be established, you had not started it anywhere..aha..haa.. So I think I am among the first.
- Is there emotional value to you by being joined in groups as you are, mixed with all casts?
At first not all the members liked the Idea of being mixed- in but later on they came to realize that , the truth is we are women and we have same problems so we must consider ourselves as one cast “WOMEN!”, I think we are more comfortable with each other now then..ever before.
- Is there anything you would like to share beyond these questions?
Yes, I have great respect to you and your mother , you know how I suffered when my dad passed away in an accident (fireburn) when I was just 15 years old. I had to take care of two younger brothers and two younger sisters , as being the eldest I had a huge responsibility, I know the cruelty of poverty and the cruelty of our society, I use to think that my time will never change but thank you again , not only mine everybody’s changed in our village as I can see … NO MORE STARVATION!