“I enjoyed being part of the classes so much. I was learning about so many different things, things I had no idea about before.”
Sahira from Saptari had never been to school in her entire life. Most of her childhood was spent doing domestic chores, taking care of her grandmother, and aiding her parents – agricultural wage-workers both – in whatever way she could.
It was only following her engagement in the Rupantaran programme, which included sessions on micro-entrepreneurship, that Sahira felt she too could become an entrepreneur.
Today, she is using her skills to run a small tailoring business and helping to boost her family’s finances.
“I like that I’m contributing to my family’s earnings,” Sahira says. “They’re happy, I’m happy.”
The #Rupantaran life skills approach was developed by UNICEF and UNFPA in collaboration with the Government of Nepal, with a focus on reaching youth from excluded or vulnerable groups, or communities facing specific socio-economic obstacles.
The Global Programme to End Child Marriage is implemented with generous funding support from the Governments of Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK, the European Union and Zonta International.