Nabraj received the support right on time

Tuesday 5 July 2022

Nabraj (24) runs a hotel (local eatery) with his wife and sells sweets and other food items. He also has a compartment for groceries. He lives in Jajarkot district with his wife and two daughters. Nabraj’s parents could not afford for his education hence he had to drop out from school early. He lost his right hand when he was only 12 years old, which also took away from him the chance to go to India and earn like his brother and friends. But he decided to start his own business.

Both Nabraj and his wife worked hard to run the hotel. In comparison to the hard work, they did every day, the profit they were making was very little. When he was approached by the field staff of Abasar Project who informed him about the hotel trainingbeing conducted in their ward, he was happy to enrol. He participated in the five-day ‘life skill and financial skill training’ and took five-day ‘Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB)’ training and two-days of saving and credit training. He also completed 390 hours of technical training in hotels and cookery.

All the trainings helped him learn to run and expand a business. He learnt to mobilize loans received from the cooperatives. He also learnt decision making and problem solving. "The vocational hotel and cookery training provided me with confidence as well as skill to make sweets and snacks and deal with customers,” he said.  Along with training, he was also supported with Rs. 42, 000 from the Abasar Project. He invested Rs. 35,000 in buying cooking utensils for the kitchen.

When his hotel business grew, he also started a retail shop for groceries. "Now, my daily transaction at the hotel is Rs. 3,000 to 5,000 out of which the profit ranges from 1,500 to 2,000 on daily basis. I built a house worth Rs. 4 lakhs from my income. I also have some money deposited in the bank. The rest of my income goes in the family expenditures and in the health and education of my daughters,” he happily shares. He never thought he would make such a profit from his business, and he thanks the project for teaching him the right techniques, tips and tricks in the right time.

 

Save the Children is implementing Abasar project in partnership with Hilly Region Development Committee (HRDC) in Jajarkot. The objective of the project is to protect children from violence and advocate equity and reservation of their basic right with government, facilitate to gain quality education for most deprived and ultra-poor family's children, protect children from any kind of risk and abuse. Like Nabraj, 145 youth received training and support to start or expand their business in the Kushe Rural Municipality and Chhedagad Municipality of Jajarkot district.