Prem Kumari Tharu

Prem Kumari Tharu is 42 years old. When Women Acting Together For Change (WATCH) came to her village to form women’s group. She also became a member and started saving some money monthly. She is now 42 years old and she has three daughters and husband. She lives in the ward no. 3 of Badganga Municipality in Kapilvastu. It is still a remote village. They had quite difficulty in raising their children. Her husband had no work and he was like a vagabond.Due to bad company he used to drink and beat me at night. She would do wage labourers works but her husband would not do it. He would demand for money from her. If she did not give him there would be quarrel and she would be beaten. After being tired of him she managed to send him abroad by taking loans in very high interest rate of 60% a year. His income would be enough for paying interest but they could not pay the loan.

Prem Kumari heard about WATCH’s poverty to prosperity program and discussed with the group who agreed to nominate her for it. WATCH staff came and looked at various resources we had. We had small patch of land and a house. After the analysis she discussed about the possibilities and opportunities. We developed a plan of action. To get the support from WATCH as a family we had to do certain things like cleanliness, no smoke, toilets, etc. which I agreed to do. I decided to start raising pigs. WATCH invested US$ 500. I built the pig sty add also a fish pond to raise fish. Pig’s waste would go to pond for fish to eat. So I started raising pigs and fish. According to the plan I also started raising ducks and chickens. I did not raise pig only but also brought piglets from faraway place to sell to other people. I asked my husband to come back from abroad. So we started small shop to sell meat. Fish. Eggs, etc. Some people wanted to eat cooked meat and fish also. So we started serving them also. Now, we have a small teashop and store. As income started flowing we both are busy working so we do not have time to quarrel. My husband does not go out to drink any more. So he does not quarrel and beat me anymore. We have three daughters. All of them are going to nearby private school. People have started to see us as successful and happy family.