Tara came to Kathmandu with her baby after her husband was killed in the insurgency. She joined the group in 2009 when she worked in a cow shed. She now owns three cows to sell the milk and has opened a small shop.
“This saving group is like my parental home. At the start I would struggle to save Rs 10, now with their support and what I have learned, I save Rs 300-500 per day. I have learned so much like how to buy wholesale, so that I save and earn more money.
As well I realize that I am capable of doing all this to support my daughter and me. At first, I struggled to repay a loan for Rs 2,500. Now, I’ve taken loans and repaid them; now I have a shop and three cows and a calf. On the extra land I lease for the cows, I made rooms to rent to people who are in a bad situation like I used to be. Now, three of those women have joined the saving group.”