Our Catering group is going from strength to strength. They are such hard working and determined ladies and have had lots of repeat business and jobs thanks to word-of-mouth recommendations. Tonight Kopila and I visited them at Arjundhara Temple where they had been employed by a local community group, the Womens’ Entrepreneur Organisation.
Four of the ladies were cooking chiya, see rotis and subji (Vegetable curry of potato, chick peas, peas and tomato). Thousands of people will be visiting the temple over the next few days for the balachaturdasi – the festival where people throw seeds (rice, corn, wheat, barley) in the name of deceased parents. Our ladies will be working in one of many food stalls set up to feed the masses!
They are hired by the Womens’ Entrepreneurs Organisation of Jhapa. The organisation runs the food stall to raise funds for training and resources. Our catering ladies turn up with their pans, gas, cooker and supplies and have three days of work. They will be working hard!