Read about Guma’s experience joining the training programme at ‘3 Sisters Adventure Trekking’ in Nepal which works to empower women.
Guma Bishwakarma, 20 years old young girl from Pokhara. I come from a lower caste family. My father had two wives. I am from his second wife. My mother was 25 years younger than my father.
From his both wives we are seven children. My father married my mother after the death of his first wife. Now all of my siblings are married. I have 3 elder sisters. I am the youngest of all. My father was a blacksmith and my mother was a house wife but also worked in the field.
My father passed away when I was in standard 7. After my father’s death, my other sisters too got married and I and my mother were left behind, helpless. There was no one to care or financially support us. I had to quit my school when I was in Class 9. I had no other options left than to get a job and help mother in the field.
I then started working as a labor. Working in the construction site, in roads and making house became my life. It was unskilled job, had to work all day, carrying building materials and other hard work but the wages was very little. My mother was ageing, suffering, and was sick by the works she was doing. I had to earn more for my mother’s medical and living expenses. As a young girl to work with most men around was a crucial. It was a low profile job and men behaved harshly to every labor women. I had quietly accepted my life because I thought, I had no choice left. But one day, one of my sisters told me about 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking Company and Empowering Women of Nepal, NGO, and their training program to support women like us. I was not sure whether, I will get through, but luckily I got selected for the training. I joined Basic female trekking Guide training program on February 2017. I learned my life has a new start. EWN gave me a golden opportunity to see a better side of my life. I am now working as an assistant and I am in job training. I am earning good and even supporting myself and my mother. I want to be independent. I am so happy and glad I came here.