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Humpback Whale
Traditional Peruvian Weaver
Lunch Time
Paine Mountain
Once Upon A Time
Shanta the Fighter
Monument Valley Milky Way
Deepa the Fearless Leader
The Mosqouitos
Great Blue Heron
A baby squirrel eating nuts in the forest
Three's a Crowd
Higher Flower
Mushroom and Insect
Covered bridge view in New Hampshire
A chimpanzee having a littered cola bottle in its mouth
Buffalo Road
16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Deepa the Fearless Leader

“I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO GET THERE, BUT I KNEW I COULD. AS A CHILD, I BELIEVED I COULD DO ANYTHING.” Deepa is 33 years old and lives in a small village in Nepal. She unwillingly got married at the age of 14. Nearly 20 years later, she is a strong leader in her community. She runs her own tailoring business and has taught tailoring to 60 women. 10 of them have now opened up their own businesses. “I endured a lot of struggle because I was married during childhood. I didn’t want to get married at that age. I was very upset and distressed. I felt like a prisoner because I was forced to stay home. I used to go to school but I had to leave my studies when I got married. In traditional Nepali culture, after your married, no one sends their daughter-in-law to school. I would wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning, make tea, pick up vegetables from the fields, bring them to the city, come back home, and make food for the entire family. These were my regular duties. Before VIN (Volunteer Initiative of Nepal), I had lots of dreams, but I didn’t have a way to make them happen. Farming was not my dream. I don’t like farming. I always thought about business, to do something new, become an independent woman. As child, I believed I could do anything. I didn’t knew how to get there, but I knew I could. That’s when 30-40 women including myself received tailor training from VIN. Life began to change. I became a teacher because I never want anyone to feel the same pain. That’s why decided to teach tailoring to other women.”

TAGS: Change, Nepal, Travel, Women

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© Drea Castro.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 01.2018
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Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Oct. 17, 2018, 11:51 p.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Focal Length: 28mm
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Aperture: f6.3
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PHOTO LOCATION Jitpurphedi, Nepal