Lockdown hits working women in valley
Kathmandu, April 13
The lockdown within the nation has hit nearly each sector, together with small ladies entrepreneurs who’ve been incomes their day by day bread for the household. While large industrialists are often holding discussions with the federal government and pressurising the authorities for aid packages, the ladies who personal small companies by way of their very own funding are in bother for the time being.
Sita Gahatraj from Ramechhap has been working a tailoring store at Nakhipot, Lalitpur alongside along with her youthful sister. “Normally March and April are months when many events are held and we get many shoppers who come to stitch new garments,” she mentioned. “However, this 12 months because of the coronavirus all the pieces is closed, together with our enterprise.”
She additional added, “Even throughout the peak season I had very much less work in comparison with the identical interval within the earlier years.”
According to Gahatraj, for the time being she is barely receiving minor works like darning torn garments. “Police don’t permit us to open the store, so we’re doing small darning works of our neighbours solely,” she mentioned.
“Since there isn’t a incomes, I haven’t been in a position to ship any cash dwelling at current and I too can not journey dwelling because of the lockdown.”
She mentions that her household, together with her dad and mom and youthful sister, rely upon her earnings for his or her livelihood.
“I don’t have the posh of going dwelling even after the lockdown is withdrawn as I’ve to work,” she mentioned. “The main drawback now could be that I’m sitting right here incomes nothing, however I’ve to pay the hire for my store and room. Kathmandu has turn into very costly for me now,” mentioned Gahatraj.
Similarly, Gita Dangol who additionally owns a tailoring store at Lagan, Kathmandu is in bother because of the lockdown. “Just previous to the lockdown I used to be in a rush to finish orders that had been positioned for wedding ceremony and sacred thread ceremony (bratabandha) events,” she mentioned, including, “But now I’m receiving calls from my shoppers to not make the clothes.
Moreover, individuals whose clothes had already been ready are additionally not in a position to go to the store to take supply of their garments.”
Along with incomes a residing for her household, Dangol has been offering employment to 2 different ladies in her store. She talked about that on regular days she receives round 10 to 15 orders a day and through festivals and wedding ceremony season she will get round 25 orders per day. “But now because of the coronavirus and subsequent lockdown there isn’t a incomes and I’m frightened how I’m going to pay my room and store hire,” she mentioned.
Even although ladies like her have been dealing with monetary issues proper now, Dangol says that she doesn’t count on any type of aid package deal from the federal government.
“Such aid packages are for the large companies solely. People like us must survive on our personal.”
Meanwhile, Sharada Rijal, fast previous president of the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal (FWEAN), mentioned that the large industrialists have overshadowed small enterprise holders, significantly ladies entrepreneurs.
“There are a number of ladies entrepreneurs within the nation who’re doing enterprise on a small scale and incomes for his or her household,” she mentioned, “And their points haven’t been raised but. Both the federal government and industrialists are extra targeted on large buyers solely.”
According to Rijal, the federal government should carry totally different sorts of packages that may deal with the problems of such small ladies entrepreneurs whose day by day survival has been affected and their funding is in danger because of the lockdown.
She knowledgeable that there are round 500,000 Nepali ladies entrepreneurs — each large buyers and small buyers — within the nation for the time being. Meanwhile, the Economic Census 2018 has additionally revealed that there have been 923,356 corporations throughout the nation, of which 247,880 are owned by ladies.
A model of this text seems in e-paper on April 14, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.
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