This is Mrs. Chamar. She belongs to the Jamar caste, which is a Dalit (“untouchable”) caste and very poor. Chamar was married when she was 12 years and now has four children.
In general, women in the traditional societies of rural Nepal do not work outside of the house. However, Chamar had to find a way to support her children and family, so she took up a job as a guard for the local gaunpalika (the rural municipality, Nepal’s most local level of administration). In this society, that’s a bold and brave step for a woman!
In my blog, I share with you stories of people I meet during our Nepal Padayatra 2019 walk. Because stories show the hard reality of living in Nepal today, but also the dreams and little successes of people struggling to improve their situation.