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Farm Machinery Mechanic

Apsara, a courageous mother of a 3-year-old boy in Nepal, is challenging traditional expectations by becoming a mobile mechanic. Despite societal expectations that this field should be reserved for men, Apsara saw an opportunity to pave her own path and enrolled in machine repair and business management skills training with iDE.

In her former role as a part-time salesperson for an agricultural supplier, Apsara struggled to make ends meet. However, with her newfound skills, she proudly repairs all types of equipment in her farming community, including mini-tillers, combined rice mills, and tractors. She quickly gained popularity by bringing her mobile service to her customer’s doorsteps.

Apsara's work as a mobile mechanic plays a crucial role in Nepal's food security, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic when agriculture supply chains were interrupted. As many men migrate to India for better income, women are left to manage the farm and rely on machinery to reduce their labor and free up their time.

What's next for Apsara

Apsara plans to continue in the field because it pays well, allows a flexible schedule, and provides valuable technical work experience, making it an excellent option for mothers who may struggle to find full-time employment elsewhere.

Apsara's Details

  • Nepal
  • Agriculture
Entrepreneur Impact
  • Availability of Technology
  • Supporting Services
Ecosystem Impact
  • Local Economic Development
  • Food & Nutrition Security

Country Profile

  • 142/189

    Human Development Index (HDI) Rank

  • 15%

    Poverty Rate

  • 29 Million People


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