Hira Maya, a successful entrepreneur
September 2007; Hira Maya lives with her four daughters in a small house in ward no. 3 Jaminibash, Begadawan VDC of Dhanusa district in eastern terai.
She earns a decent income of Rs. 5000 per month by making bamboo sticks which basically serves as a raw material for making incense. Now she has a house of her own, her daughters go to school and she is able to pay their school fee, buy books and stationaries for them with her income.
Life was not easy for Hira Maya, 'My husband tried hands on several business but failed miserably accumulating debts only. One day I found myself and my daughters abandoned by my husband.'
In the year 2004, she received support from Micro Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) supported by UNDP, DFID, AusAID and Government of New Zealand. Hira Maya was taught to make bamboo sticks. The bamboo had to be cut in particular shape and size to be developed into incense sticks later on.
She gradually became a community entrepreneur and she now produces 7 kgs. of bamboo sticks everyday. She takes them to the community collection centre where she gets money forher sticks.She feels that her days of poverty are finally over as she has skills in her hand to earn her own living.She enjoys when her daughters help her in collecting bamboo from the nearby jungle and help in cutting bamboo sticks after they come back from school. With a contended look across her face she says, 'I am indeed proud to be an entrepreneur and a bread earner for my family'.