Business Start-ups in Kapilvastu
Deepak is from Kapilvastu. His mother died when he was just four years old. His father worked hard to provide for the family but it was often difficult to find work. There were days when they simply could not afford to put food on the table.
As Deepak grew up he dropped out of school and began helping his father with labouring jobs. But they continued to struggle for money.
In keeping with cultural tradition, Deepak was married at the age of 13 to an 11 year-old girl. His wife immediately joined the family and, several years on, they had two children.
Deepak’s young family lived in poverty with his father in a small house. He dreamt of a better life with financial stability, but each day it was difficult to provide for the family’s basic needs. As a younger father, Deepak worked at a brick factory and a wood factory. Sometimes he travelled to India to pick up seasonal work.
INF brings change to Kapilvastu
In 2013 INF began facilitating Self-Help Groups in Deepak’s village in Kapilvastu District. Deepak joined a group and began going along to regular meetings and training workshops. They discussed topics including personal health and hygiene, education, reforestation, sanitation, and income generation.
During the income generation discussion Deepak was nominated by his group to receive a business grant. INF provided Deepak with a grant of 10,000.00 NPR [less than £75]. He doubled this with his own savings and set up a snack shop. Deepak and his wife now run the shop together. As well as their day-to-day sales, they take large orders from organisations to cater for events, and are now able to cover their daily expenses as well as send their children to school.
Each monsoon season Deepak still travels to India for work because business at the shop slows at this time. But it is simply to top up his income and the family are no longer dependant on this.
“The business has changed our entire family’s livelihood,” says Deepak. “I’ve gained confidence being able to educate my children and feed the family. I hope to one day expand the business further.”
We are grateful to God:
- that INF's work in Kapilvastu is bringing lasting change
- that others in Deepak's self help group will be inspired by his example
- that Deepak's business will continue to grow