Teach For Nepal

Listening to Romlal

“Few months back, I went to a manpower company for an interview; which is located  near Police station at Jawalakhel. I was curious to know whether I will be selected or not to go abroad for an employment. Among 300 interviewers, I was rejected and only 50 were chosen. I was staying on one of the relative’s home near Jawalakheh, when I knew about my rejection to go abroad”.

“Next day, I was on my way to home. I was thinking more than I did before. Then I came to realize that even in my own place, by thinking positively, and understanding my own potential , I can start something new which people haven’t thought of initiating and move forward in life. These thought gave me a reason of not going abroad after then.”

“Eventually I looked inside our own life style more deeply. I found people grow various seasonal vegetables . The supply of vegetables was low in the external market. Vegetables were wasted. I decided to manage those vegetables. I went to individuals home and asked villagers to sell  their vegetables to me. Slowly, everyone trusted me as a supplier. Then I transported those vegetables to Chapagaun which has better price for those vegetables.”

This was the response of Rom Lal Jimba, age 30, in a response to question of his motivation of starting something new in the village. He realized that he won’t get enough vegetables all the year to supply, therefore he started to collect local chickens and amreso( raw material for the broom) along with the vegetables in a small scale and channelized those supply to a regional market at Chapagaun. By his work villagers are also getting profit because he buys those things in a slight more price than villagers price.

For example:- Before local chickens were sold at Rs. 100 per 200 gram within village. Romlal buys those chickens in Rs.120 per 200 gram and sells at Rs. 130 per 200 gram to Chapagaun.

He says this is only a small start up for the change he wanted in his village.

“By doing this, I will not get enough expenses for my home, but if all the villagers start realizing the importance of commercial agriculture, grow more vegetables, tame more local chickens then I can earn more than Rs. 40 to 50 thousand here in Nepal with my own potential” says Rom Lal.  The clarity that he had in his voice poked me the concept of  collective success for countries development.

Rom Lal dropped from school and worked as a labor in the same village itself. He has two daughters; among them one is only 4 months old. He now remembers the concept of debit, credit, profit and loss now. Those mathematical concepts in school weren’t as interesting as they are today for him.

He tried a lot to go abroad but it didn’t work for him. After deciding to stay in Nepal, he thought deeply and analyzed what he has, he decided to start the work he is doing. He encourages people to grow more vegetables and also suggests his own technique to grow onions in a limited water area. He further adds, “ By this work, he is employing 3 people. One himself, second the porter who carries the vegetable to the nearby road in Gadibhangyang and third the villagers itself who will have inspiration to grow more vegetables.”

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