Starting a new civilian life ...........

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Kumar and Sabita in their retail shop

Eight months after the discharge, the Joshi couple— Kumar, 24 and Sabita, 23 have opened up a retail shop in Baseni Ganeshthan, Bharatpur Municipality. The Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) training provided by the UNDP Micro-enterprise Development Programme has paid off.

During the UN-led verification process in 2007, both of them were formally discharged from the Chitwan cantonment in January 2010. They share their story- “After we contacted the toll free number, we were referred to the United Nations Interagency Rehabilitation Programme (UNIRP) Chitwan Regional Office for detailed career counseling. Since both of us have not even completed our elementary education, we opted for a retail shop under the micro-enterprise package. We received a three-day orientation on accounting and bookkeeping. To establish a retail shop, we also received the start-up support of Rs. 80,000 in kind.”

Sabita is very happy to have started a new life; she feels that they are getting settled gradually. Now they need to expand the items in the shop to meet the growing demands of the local customers. According to her, the total business turnover ranges from Rs. 2000-2200 per day, while their daily profit is of about Rs. 300-350.

The young couple wants the UN to help them in getting access to financial support in the form of micro-credit. “Our utmost need at the moment is — expansion of the shop. With additional micro-credit support, we would be able to expand our business and pay back the loan as well”, say the couple.


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