WOW | People

It’s a hard life; But it’s still LIFE

In this race of life, we must often dare to rise above obstacles, no matter time or circumstance. Whether small or big, we must work to fulfill our responsibilities and build self reliance. Among thousands of people walking unknown on the streets, there are a few that stand out with hard work and determination written across their face. They meet life’s challenges head on with a smile, not losing hope, building a secure tomorrow. In this edition, WOW spoke to four women street vendors to learn about their work, their life and their dreams. Excerpts:

Ruby Shrestha
24 (Sindhupalchowk)
She sells clothes in Mangal Bazar, Lalitpur

“Every day I start my business with fear that the Metropolitan police will come and confiscate my goods. I want to continue my street business because I can’t afford the huge rent needed for a proper space. I fear that someday the Municipality will displace us and I don’t know what I will do then,” says Ruby Shrestha.

She lost her grandmother in the earthquake and her parents are now displaced. Ruby lives with her husband and child. A major source of their livelihood is her earnings as a street vendor. Ruby doesn’t have many dreams, she is focused on getting through life with a practical approach, sometimes hardened by the challenges life throws at her.

Ruby’s Dream: I want to expand my business, earn more and live happily with my family… just like everyone else!