“I am Sita Gurung, 33 years of age and a resident of Dumredharapani village, Khotang district, one of the most remote districts of Nepal. I am educated upto 10th standard. Married at the age of 24, I kept myself engaged in my own cultural/traditional business of weaving. I was always concerned about the wastage of the locally produced high value crops like ginger due to lack of knowledge on different uses as well as absence of local market for the crop. A much sought opportunity came by with the Training of Starting Entrepreneurs (TOSE) offered by Community Rural Electrification Entity (CREE) and WEE-Nepal Project. I applied for the TOSE Training to garner knowledge on entrepreneurship. The 5-days training, helped build up my confidence and boosted up my determination to run a spice grinding enterprise. Having analyzed the market situation, I was convinced that an enterprise based on ginger was appropriate for the women of my community and I was more determined to set the enterprise as an example for other women as well. To commence my entrepreneurial journey, I got together a group of friends, with myself taking the lead for running the enterprise. The timely business mentoring support from the Business Development Coordinator of the Project and the skilled training on the use of different locally available crops and fruit has further fueled my determination. Presently I have officially registered the enterprise in the Office of Cottage and Small Industry, Khotang district and acquired the Permanent Account Number (PAN Number) as well.
“With full support from the family I will commence with the production within this month with the installation of the necessary equipment. I am able to manage a token grant amount of NRs 30,000 from the Office of Cottage and Small Industry, Khotang and remaining NRs 20,000 managed by myself to purchase the equipment for my enterprise.
“The credit of the transformation of myself, a woman boggled with the kitchen and other domestic work, into a confident woman ready to take up an unknown enterprise for the benefit of the community goes to WEE-Nepal. I have a dream of building upon this enterprise to make it so exemplary that the enterprise and our village will be nationally recognised”