Premkala Budha, a 39-year-old resident of Kankasundari Rural Municipality Ward No.4, has transformed her life since joining the self-help group (SHG) formed by INF Nepal Jumla five years ago. With a family of six members and a husband engaged in seasonal business and agriculture, Premkala was determined to learn new skills and contribute to her community.

“I joined the group and regularly attended the monthly meetings. We used to discuss various topics, including social and family issues. I actively participated in the discussions,” Premkala shared. “I received various training and orientations on leadership development, human rights, group facilitation, income generation, etc. These gave me the energy to engage in social work. I became able to speak clearly and hold my own opinions.”

Thanks to the support and encouragement of the SHG, Premkala was able to develop her skills and confidence, which led to her involvement in social work. “As a result, I got elected as the Vice-Chairperson of Kankasundari in the local elections of 2079,” she explained. “Appreciating my ability to lead, the local people elected me as the Vice-Chairperson of the Kankasundari Rural Municipality.”

Many women in Kankasundari have benefited from INF Nepal’s Women’s Empowerment and Livelihood (WEAL) project. They are becoming financially strong and can raise their voices against injustice. The role of the WEAL project has been significant in bringing about this positive change.

“INF Nepal has made an important contribution to where I am today,” Premkala expressed with gratitude. “I sincerely thank INF Nepal for supporting and enabling people like me.”

Through its work, INF Nepal continues to empower women like Premkala, giving them the skills and resources they need to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.

This story is written by Indra Bishwakarma, INF Nepal Jumla Project Coordinator.