Arati Nepal

In the year 1995 we,three friends Rita Bhandary, Sarojani Sherchan and Arati Nepal all housewives were looking for ways to go beyond our household duties. None of us were aware or had any business knowledge, but did have the zeal to do something.
After several rounds of discussions we finally decided to start with the paper project, which would use raw materials found in our country and where we would not have to depend on foreign labor or huge imported machines.
Using the little knowledge and fund that we had, we were ready to face the challenges in the business sector. There was also a strong common desire amongst us to encourage and empower women, so that their income would eventually be utilized for their family’s health and education. Thus, the journey began with us and three workers.
Our commitment and perseverance paid off with our business flourishing in the national and in international markets like Holland, Denmark, UK and Japan. With increasing demand thirty more women were hired. Indirectly there was employment for many more over the period of five to six years.
We were happy in being able to fulfill our vision of empowering women. Most of our workers could not write, but, are now able to sign their names. Another interesting incident was when some of them were sending their sons to school but not their daughters, we had to threaten them of lay off. It is indeed satisfying now to see that most of them are well settled, with their children doing extremely well abroad. They have also called their parents to visit them in Australia.  
Unfortunately, the business which was progressing so well took a turning point with the Moist Insurgency which started in the year 1996 becoming more and more aggressive. Most of the industries were compelled to close down.  Our business too started declining.
Knowing the competition in the market we had to look for ways to be different, this led to creation of Lokta Paper Cloth that is washable, colored, printed or embroidered. Together with our designer the product also won a Dutch design award 2008 for simplicity and innovative product.
Confidence has now led us to venture into new businesses like marketing of food products through Mahi Enteprises 2009. We are now engaged and lead in various social organizations that work towards socio economic upliftment of women, by providing trainings and 2.5% of our profit.
In retrospect, as a group of women entrepreneurs we have made a small but positive impact in the lives of many people we partnered with along the way. This gives us immense satisfaction and determination to continue.
Ms. Arati Nepal is a designer and also a trainer in agro products. Is a member of Federation of Woman Entrepreneurs’ Associations of  Nepal – FWEAN and an Executive member of Women Entrepreneurs’ Associations of  Nepal - FWEAN

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Success story

Shrijani Tuladhar started to work in the field of designing from the year 1983, working in customer service department in Namuna Silai. She got to learn a lot while working in Namuna Silai. She also got a chance to take professional training from Ms. Gyani Shova Tuladhar. Ms.Gyani  taught Shrijani  in details on cutting and designing as well as sewing clothes. She worked in Namuna Silai till 1985.

After that, she was offered to handle a new tailoring shop, "Veshvusha" (branch of Namuna) as co-proprieter by Ms. Gyani Shova Tuladhar. She then started her new journey on handling a boutique solely. She started designing clothes for the customers which was loved by the customers. As a 18 year old girl handling a new shop, she was praised by many people.

While working in Veshvusha, she took part in the fashion show organized by Namuna College of Fashion Technology as a designer. She was also offered to showcase my designs in a fashion showo in Turkey. She took part in the fashion show which took place in Hotel Hillton, Istanbul, organized by Planner Nepal. Her working period in Veshvusha lasted for 15 years.

Then she started her own business. she established her own tailoring shop," Shreejani Fashion Wear & Tailors" at Sukrapath,New-road. The store was established in the year 2000. She has been running the business for 16 years now and she has also faced many ups and downs running the business. Few years back, due to the lack of workers, she started providing training on sewing & cutting to the local women. she, along with two partners started a training center " Divya Silai Kendra". They got to train two groups of women. She also started providing personal training to few women from rural areas so that they could be independent and could contribute to their family income.

She got opportunities to design for various beauty pagents. She was also given chances to design outfits for movies and actors.

From working in a tailoring shop to establishing her own tailoring shop, she has worked very hard to get where she is now. She was highly motivated by people around her which made her want to work harder.