Chetana Dhungana

 I am Chetana Dhungana. I live in Sundarbazzar Ward no. 3 (Chaynptta) with my husband and 2 children. My husband works as a farmer and my son 16 years old study in grade 10, daughter is 5 years old study in KG.

After a period of wonderful training, I was so happy and ready to start up my own business. The business that I was about to start up was not new for me, but after the training, it was different.

Now I know how I am going to start up my business, what materials I need and what it costs. I have my own plan and targets to fulfill. This is all thanks to our trainers that make me capable of doing business in a wonderful way.

Now I have learned about my budget, my capacity and how many goats I can manage. I also discussed this with my husband. He was very positive about this, and he was ready to help me.

I am so prepared for my new business. I have already built a shelter for the goats with the help from my husband and a worker.

On the second day, my husband and I went to different places to know about the fodder we need for the goats and to learn about the price of the fodder.

We discussed the situation with each other and were ready to start the business.

So, we bought the goats. I was so happy, and I had so many things in my mind. We brought the goats home, and I feel that I am the happiest person in the world right now.

I got perfect support and knowledge to be ready to start my own business.

After some days Sworup, our trainer, came to visit my house. He asked me many questions about how I started my business, where I had bought all the stuff, what the price was etc. I showed him the costs of the purchase of the goats and other stuff. He was happy that I had kept records of it all, and again he reminded me also to keep records of the cash flow in the future.

Then he moved on to the next house.

After having been selected to the WAWCAS program, more than anything, the training was so much on my mind. I was wondering what kind of training was going to be held, and what would I will learn from the training. All such questions filled my mind.

Finally, the day arrived. Our training was from 07.00 am to 12.00 pm. It was freezing cold, but most of the women wanted to have the training from 07.00 am, and therefore we decided to have the training in the morning.

I woke up early and did the household. My husband helped me doing the rest of the work. Finally, I went to the training.  Most of the women were already there including Sworup. After some time, everyone had arrived, and the training started. Sworup and another trainer started up the training. The trainers started to put a piece of paper on the back of each woman. On the papers there were pictures, and Sworup told us to find a similar picture. In this way we fould our partner, and it was fun. After this, Sworup told us to know the name, address, like, dislike and business we wanted to start the present in front. I told my partner that it was a funny introduction.

The training was very fruitful. During the training, I felt that it was totally based on us. Every topic, every story, and the games were very good. I learned a lot from the training. The best part for me was PCA (pocket chat analysis). I wanted to reduce my daily expenses, but I did not know how to do it, but from the PCA I was able to calculate my total expenses.

Now I know what my expenses are. It also helps me to plan the next month. Time management was also a good lesson to learn – being an individual, having many roles and to fulfill my responsibility, as well as time to invest and the importance of time. It helped me to know how and where to invest time. Which work should I give more and less priority. The story and its moral was the best for me. I was very happy to be a member of WAWCAS.

Using more examples in the training helped us to understand more. I was very inspired by the puzzle game, because every single piece played an important role in the total picture. We learned about the importance of the members in a group. This touched me a lot. By this puzzle game, I became aware of the value of the group, and how a single member is important to run the group smoothly and effectively. Every day I shared with my husband and children what I have learned. This helps me provide a good feeling.

The training has really helped me to bring change into my daily activities. Each and every day I have learned a new thing. This training helped me to know myself better. It helped me to know about my strengths, weaknesses, behavior, etc.

I am so happy that I got the opportunity to be selected in the WAWCAS program and got this training. On the last day, we all got money for seed, and while receiving the money for seed, I was so happy, and I promised myself to be a successful business woman.

The day I had been waiting for finally came. I finished my household and went to the meeting. Sworup had told us that today would be the final selection for the group. I was afraid that I would not be selected. But as Sworup had mentioned before, WAWCAS is looking for women like me, so I was very happy.

All the information I get about WAWCAS makes me even more wish to be a member of the new group.

I arrived at the meeting. Other women were already waiting for the meeting to start. They were as curious as me.

Finally, Sworup arrived. He smiled as usual and greeted all of us. Then after a while Sworup started the meeting. He welcomed everyone. First, he described the aim of making economic ranking – as one way to get an understanding of who can be a member of the WAWCAS group. Then he asked us to express indicators we know of being ultra-poor, poor, medium-poor and well off in our community, and he wrote down what we said. After that, he appreciated what we have said, and again he explained us about the meaning of ultra-poor, poor, medium-poor and how it is defined according to Nepalese standards and according to the World Bank. He told us that if a person does not have an income of USD 1.90 per day according to the World Bank, then he/she is regarded ultra-poor, and those who have an income of USD 3.10 per day is regarded poor.

The Government of Nepal defines poverty:

  • If a family does not have enough food for three months, produced by themselves from their own land, the family is regarded ultra-poor.
  • If a family has enough food for 3-6 months, the family is regarded poor.
  • If a family has enough food for 6-8 months, the family is regarded medium-poor.
  • If a family has enough food for 12 months, the family is regarded not poor.

Through Economic Ranking and our own and Nepali government indicators on poverty, Sworup made us realize which category each of us belong to.

I knew the answer already about myself, but some of the women were confused and not certain. Sworup explained again and helped them with their answers. Then he gave us a small piece of paper on which our name was written. He lined us up and we should place our name under the category each of us think we belong to. All the women started to put their name under their category, and I placed my name under poor, which is true.

Then again, he repeated for the confirmation. He already knew the status of everyone, because he has visited everyone’s house several times. Then he told us that only women who are ultra-poor or poor could be in the group. I was so happy that I was finally selected. Sworup also mentioned that only women who were present that day could be in the group. Then he gave us a piece of paper and told us to make a map showing where our home is located and how our surroundings are. He told us that this map should help others to find our house. He helped us make the map which included all our houses and what we have available around us.

Finally, Sworup mentioned that the next meting would be about Social Situation Analysis to get an overview of the social situation for each of us, for Sworup to plan relevant training.

We all looked very happy, but I am sure that I was the happiest one among all of us who were selected.

After the Information Sharing Meeting, the first meeting where we hear about the WAWCAS Program,  Sworup suddenly arrived at my house. I was busy in my kitchen. I saw Sworup standing in front of my house holding some white papers in his hand. He greeted me, and I asked him to come in for a cup of tea and told him to have a seat, while I was making the tea. I would finish my household chores, but Sworup asked my permission to enter my kitchen. I was a bit nervous, as my small kitchen was messy and dirty, but I allowed him to enter my small tiny kitchen. I gave him a small straw mat to sit on. Sworup is a very tall and big guy, so my small straw mat was too small for him, but he managed.

Sworup started our conversation very informally, and he asked me what I had learned about the WAWCAS program. He asked if I had shared it with my family. While he was asking the questions, I noticed that he was looking around everywhere. I informed him that I had already discussed it with my husband, and he was very happy for me to be a member of the WAWCAS program. Sworup nodded his head with a big warm smile.

He also talked to my daughter and asked her about school, grade, age etc. He also asked her why she was not in school that day. Then he reminded me again, that the program is not only for women but also for our children.  They must go to school.

Sworup talked to me for a while about my family members and how my in-laws behave towards me. How my husband behaves, and if he is helpful. But I have never shared my personal matters with other people, so I was scared to share this with him, and therefore I told him that we could talk about it during his next visit. He understood and accepted it. He also asked me whether I had thought about what type of business I would like to start. Actually, I had not been thinking about it, and I honestly told him that.

Sworup also asked me whether I had read the success story from another woman, which he had given to me at the first meeting. I had read it, and the story was so motivating. And finally he told me that the next meeting would take place in two days, and that the final decision whether I would be selected for the group or not, would be based on our economic ranking, which I did not know. But I am sure it will be clear to me during the next meeting, which I am excited about, and I look forward to that meeting.

I am Chetana Dhungana. I live in Sundarbazzar Ward no. 3 (Chaynptta) with my husband and 2 children. My husband works as a farmer and my son 16 years old study in grade 10, daughter is 5 years old study in KG.

Last week from ward member I heard about Slisha’s WAWCAS program and got to know that there will be a meeting next week, therefore, I have decided to participate in the meeting. I was curious and excited to know about WAWCAS program.

In the meeting, there was a two-person standing and waiting for people to come. After 10 min. waiting for the meeting was started with the introduction. Sworup gave a brief introduction to WAWCAS program. Sworup says the real meaning of WAWCAS and he focused that women’s work is not recognized therefore to recognize the women’s work the program name has been decided WAWCAS and he ask us how you all feel about it.  I really like the name WAWCAS when I listen to the meaning of WAWCAS from Sworup it touched my heart. He informed us that if you are selected as WAWCAS member you have to start a business. He also has shown different women’s stories I was so happy and satisfied by the words. This is what I wanted. Lastly, he asked our location and told us he will be in our house within 2 days.


Dear Readers,

Hello, I as Sworup Karki. I joined a slisha in 2019 January. I am so happy that I got a chance to learn a lot from the program. I wanted to thanks Chetana Dhungana to letting me to write a blog and for her time. For 16 months I will be writing her experience. Thank You.

Sworup Karki – Local Program Leader (Trainer); Lamjung.

Meet the women

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Sharada Pariyar

My name is Sharada Pariyar and I live in Shreemanjyang Ward No. 3 with my three kids (one son and two daughters) and husband. I dream about starting my own business.

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Krishna Maya Mahat

We have a very small plot of land, but it’s not enough food for my family. Hopefully, with the help of the WAWCAS program, this will change.

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Dil Maya

One of the best things I have realized is that being busy helps us to become positive and happy, and have a goal-oriented life