Chepang woman awarded

- PAWAN YADAV, Bharatpur

Sep 30, 2014-Heifer International has awarded Bishnu Maya Chepang, 40, of the remote village of Siddhiki in Chitwan with the ‘Golden Talent Prize’ in recognition of her hard work to uplift financial status of her family. The prize carries a purse of Rs 70,000 and a felicitation letter.

Agriculture Minister Hari Parajuli handed over the prize to Chepang amid a programme organised at Nibuwatar.

“I am happy to have received the award. It will encourage me more in doing hard work,” she said.

Chepang has raised economic status of her family through goat-rearing, which she started with the help of Heifer International. She started the business with goats provided by the organisation two years ago. She said she sold more than 24 he-goats over the years. Speaking at the programme, Minister Parajuli stressed on the need for the Chepangs to engage in agriculture and businesses to uplift their economic standards.

Social worker KP Kiran Sharma said Chepangs are attracted towards business lately. Heifer International provides vocational training to women in rural areas, distributes seeds and livestock and felicitates dedicated women.

More than 600 Chepangs are associated with the Heifer International. Sharma said this organisation has helped Chepangs uplift  their economic status by engaging them in business. Chepang population is around 30,000 in the district while the number stands at around 68,300 across the country, according to the recent census.

Published: 01-10-2014 07:58

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