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Chaudhary in his own mobile reparing shop

Chaudhary, 21 and Budha, 22 were verified as minors during the UN-led verification process in 2007. After being officially discharged from the Surkhet cantonment in February 2010, both of them contacted the toll free number and were subsequently referred to the UN Inter-agency Rehabilitation Programme (UNIRP), Western Regional Office in Nepalgunj to receive career counseling and referral to rehabilitation packages.

They opted for mobile maintenance option under the micro enterprise package. Through the Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) provided by the UNDP Micro-enterprise Development Programme, the duo received two and half months of technical training in repairing mobiles and completed the course on 31 July 2010.

Chaudhary and Budha became good friends during the SIYB and the skills training. That friendship laid the basis for a business partnership and they jointly decided to establish a mobile repair and maintenance shop. Six months later they opened Rara Mobile Marmat Kendra (Rara Mobile Repair Center) at Chhinchu Bazaar, Surkhet.

They are now very satisfied with the income they are making. Budha, with his typical shyness reveals that their average daily income was NRs. 500-700. They do not have sufficient tools and accessories but hope to do so when their income starts increasing.


Chaudhary and Budha in his own mobile reparing shop

Budha says, “Normally we do not have any problem fixing or repairing mobiles but for some complicated cases, we take them to our trainer in Nepalgunj. We are still learning.” Chaudhary and Budha want the United Nations to help them in getting access to financial support in the form of micro-credit. “Our utmost need is the expansion of the shop. If we get micro-credit support, we could expand our business. We are ready to follow whatever conditions and guidelines and pay back the loan within the stipulated timeframe”, they say.

They also feel that the duration of skills training should be extended to five months, “The period of two and half months is too short to acquire advanced skills in a technical field,” says Budha.

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