Building Walls, Demolishing Barriers

Turning hardship into hope.

2 mothers overcome financial hardship through new employment opportunities.

Building Walls, Demolishing Barriers

Turning hardship into hope.

2 mothers overcome financial hardship through new employment opportunities.

Life in the Tanahun district of Nepal can be difficult for single mothers struggling to find work.

Saraswati and Parbati understand the hardships all too well. Both were victims of domestic violence, and they’ve been left to support their young children on their own. This often means working long days in a small agriculture field—if work was available. 

After a long day of work, Saraswati and Parbati would trade their earnings for a few kilograms of rice, allowing them to feed their children. Some weeks were unbearably difficult to pay tuition for their children’s education or school uniforms. During these days, both women found themselves eating half a meal for lunch in order to have the other half for dinner, sacrificing what they could for their children to receive a good education.

Feelings of despair transitioned into feelings of hope when the women learned that The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation had pledged to begin restoration and expansion efforts on the school that their daughters attend together. Shortly after, the Foundation began hiring workers to help with the construction projects. The women eagerly agreed and are now working alongside 28 other individuals in the community who are earning a fair wage.       

Now, Saraswati and Parbati are advancing towards their goals! Because of the financial stability provided through the construction opportunity, the women no longer have to worry about putting food on their table. Because they are generating consistent income, they are not only able to purchase staples such as rice by the bag but have also earned the shopkeeper’s trust who allows them to purchase goods on credit.

The women look forward to using their surplus income to enter a local co-op where they will have abundant opportunities to learn and practice a trade with the opportunity to grow and scale their own small business, something they have dreamed of starting together. The cooperative provides training on raising and selling livestock, sewing, agriculture, and other necessary business skills. 

Once women like Saraswati and Parbati are able to generate consistent income through their trades, they can then apply for outside funding through a financial institution, an opportunity that would have never been available to them previously.

February 13, 2019
Privacy Preference Center

We utilize JavaScript and cookies throughout our site to provide you with the best digital experience and to measure anonymous data on how users interact with our websites. We feel that it is important that you know what cookies our website uses and for what purposes. This will help to protect your privacy, while ensuring that our website remains as user-friendly as possible.

Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference.

Your cookie settings

These cookies are essential for our website to work properly and are used for things such as navigation, saving your preferences, allowing images to load, and processing donations. We cannot switch them off in our systems. Some parts of our website will not work if you set your browser to block these cookies. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are used to analyze and evaluate the performance of our website; providing information on how our site is used. Data collected with these cookies is used to improve our site design, performance, or stability. We receive this information aggregated and anonymized.

These cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.

These cookies enable you to share the content you find interesting. This allows us to provide seamless integration between our websites and the social media networks and tools you like.