When I was twelve years old I decided that I needed to change the direction of my life, I grew up in an area where women have absolutely no rights and are very burdened by social pressure and that was something I could not bear to accept. Once I left the village and saw the opportunities I realized I could help change the lives of women all over the world. I started learning different handicraft skills and I realized I could use my knowledge to help teach other disadvantaged women how to support themselves.
Since that time it has I have been working continuously to educate as many women as possible. My Social business, Local Women’s Handicrafts, has created a program that has helped couple hundred women change their lives. We have taught them by learning different handicraft skills they will always be able to support themselves and their families. These skills are something that no one can take away from them, the knowledge gives them power and confidence they have never experienced before.
We have been training women at Local Women’s Handicrafts since 2004, and there have been articles written about our mission for companies such Forbes, Huffington Post and Cosmopolitan. When I visited the United States for the first time in October 2015 I was inspired to develop my vision further. There is an energy of constant movement and growth in the U.S. that I feel I can use to the advantage of creating the LOCWOM organization. In Nepal there are not enough resources or support for me to expand what I have already created, after much thought I felt that opening an NPO in the U.S. would be the best option our next step for this social work.
One of the reasons I feel it necessary to create a NPO based in the U.S. is because NPO’s are heavily regulated which makes us less susceptible to corruption versus NGO options in Nepal or India. This is important to our vision because we want to create an open and transparent organization, and we want our efforts to benefit the people in the best way possible. Another reason for starting the NPO in the United States is that as a woman it is much safer for running a business than in Nepal.
This has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl and I know starting this organization in America can make this dream become a reality.