RWDC transformed Pabitra’s life
Jan 18, 2024: Dang Ghorahi
Pabitra GC is a resident of Gadhawa-1, Kalakate. She migrated from Pyuthan in 2040 BS in search of a bright future. Pabitra and her husband, Dhal Bahadur GC, had left Pyuthan because the land they possessed in the hilly region could not give them a good life. Her husband had received education only till the 8th grade, and Pabitra herself had never stepped into a school in her entire life.
When the couple began looking for opportunities to earn money, they did not know that ‘money was essential to produce money.’ Also, nobody gave them any idea how to generate income. When Pabitra and Dhal would meet their relatives and family members during festivals like Dashain and Tihar, the couple were hardly given any attention as they were poor.
During these critical days, almost 12 years ago, one of the staff members of Rural Women Development Center (RWDC), BP Oli, visited Pabitra at her house and asked her to form a saving group of women. Oli shared stories of how other poor women like her had improved their lives by doing small enterprises. Pabitra immediately joined the group at centre no. 25 of the Bhalubang branch run by RWDC.
Pabitra took a loan of NRs 10,000 without collateral and invested in goat rearing, poultry farming, and piggery. She flourished in these occupations and has not looked back since.
Today, Pabitra has 15 goats, 150 local chickens, and 51 pigs in her piggery. She also registered her piggery farm. She earns NRs 1,200,000 to 1,500,000 annually. Her goats, local chickens, and pigs are consumed in the markets of Butwal and Bhairahawa. Although the lockdown hampered her business, Pabitra tries to remain positive, accepting that the lockdown situation was not something specific to her. The entire world had to go through it.
She has two staff who look after her piggery, goats, and local chicken, and she plans to hire one more staff member. She has taken a loan of up to NRs 330,000 from Aatmabirbhar LBS, promoted by RWDC, to expand and build on her enterprise.
When Pabitra thinks of her past, she feels it was like a distant dream. “Today, my two sons have started earning. One son is in Canada, and the other son is running a pharmacy in Butwal. This has been possible due to RWDC that supported me financially,” says Pabitra, expressing her gratitude to the organisation.
She believes anyone can be successful in life if he or she works sincerely with confidence and with honesty. She says, “Although my two sons have started earning, I will be self-reliant until I can do something with my efforts.”
Pabitra has become an ideal example for her neighbours. She is now appreciated by her relatives too. She even helps her relatives and neighbours in possible ways.