Goma, the independent youth entrepreneur

Wednesday 10 August 2022

Goma, 31, a resident of Saptari district in Madhesh Pradesh of Nepal, is a single woman.  She owns a shop where she sells tea, Mo:Mo, noodles and savory snacks (Paani Puri and Chatpate) and it is her main source of income. She enjoys her current work and is making a decent living out of it.

“I was married for eight years, and I started working as a daily wage labor from the second day of our marriage,” she says. “Soon after the separation, I was incredibly nervous as I did not have any skill to make a living on my own.”

Save the Children, through its Sponsorship Program implemented by its partner Sabal Nepal in Saptari, identified her as a candidate for five days “Start and Improve Your Business” (SIYB) training on business startup. The training was aimed at providing youth with knowledge on starting their own business as a Micro Enterprise.  After participating in the training, she was further supported with materials to start a snack and grocery shop. She has been running her business for a year now and is living independently since then.

She earns an average of NPR 35,000 every month and has started saving some profit from her income in a cooperative. She has already started investing in fixed assets for future. She has proved to be an exemplary youth from her community and constantly encourages other youths to startup their own business and to save money. Goma plans to upgrade the snack shop to a small restaurant in the coming six months and has been saving for that.

Save the Children has been providing these business startup training to youths and community people in Saptari every year. In 2021, a total of 72 youths received the SIYB training in Saptari and Mahottari and are currently involved in some sort of micro entrepreneurship.