16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Shanta the Fighter
Shanta Phuyal is 34 years old and one of the most successful farmers in her village, Jitpurphedi, Nepal.
Her life was completely altered through a farming educational program that was facilitated through
the Volunteer Initiative of Nepal.
“In the past, my family tried to stop me from going outside. I was afraid to go to the women's
cooperative. I didn’t know how to convince my family why I wanted to go and spend time there. But
you are the very thing that can change your family... Now, my family members stop me from working
in the fields and remind me to go to to co-op. Do something, be successful and no one can stop you.”
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||Oct. 17, 2018, 11:53 p.m.
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