My interest in buying and selling made me team up with a friend who was into charcoal export business. I worked with him for six years before we split. I started out on my own almost two years ago. And now I have 38 workers. I export charcoal to Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Tunisia.
I make “makamashin wuta” from used polythene bags I gather from refuse bins or sometimes buy from companies. I melt these bags over fire and mold them into balls. The ball helps firewood burn better and longer. One or two is placed alongside fire woods and lit for cooking. Even if the fire wood is not dry, it will burn. I sell to households that use firewood for cooking. I started this business five years ago because of the economic situation of the country. From this business, I feed myself and don’t have to depend on anyone for survival.
Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the new president of Nepal. The former minister of defense is the first woman to hold the office.