For Geeta BK, 32, from Namja of Badachaur VDC, small tea shop was the only source of income. Belonged to socially excluded Dalit community, it was not an easy job for her to run the shop, however, it was just sustaining.
She wanted to run a restaurant as the demand for fast food was growing but neither she was skilled at cooking restaurant items nor she had money to expand the existing business. In such a situation, her enrolment in the Enterprise Education Group mobilized by Good Governance and Livelihood (GOAL) project, funded by Australian Government DFAT and implemented by ADRA and its local partners, paved a way for her to fulfil her desire. After receiving 6-month long Entrepreneurship Education Classes followed by two modules of business trainings on ILO formulated “Start and Improve Your Business”, Geeta and her husband decided to open a restaurant to tap an opportunity of the absence of restaurant in the market where they were running the tea shop.
With an investment of around NPR 200,000, they constructed a grocery shop and a restaurant made from woods. GOAL project also provided Geeta with skill based vocational training on hotel management where she learned to make fast food items such as chowmein, momo, samosa, and chicken items. The skill training helped her expand the menu that resulted in an increment of customer base within a short span of time. “In the beginning, I was shy to speak to other people, I used to feel hesitation to speak even in a group meeting, and to talk to the customers, but now, I can confidently deal with customers and also can prepare all snacks items myself after attending in trainings and monthly meetings," she shares.
Now, her monthly turnover in an average is around NPR 244,000 and makes profit of at least 20% of sold foods. BK couple has already re-payed the loan they had taken for the construction of the restaurant. They have also plastered their home from the income generated from their business.