The involvement of women in Pokhara in skill-oriented jobs like plumbing and mobile phone repairing is on the rise in recent years.
“We have been taking mobile repairing training for the past couple of months as there is high demand for skilled manpower in this sector,” Durga Syangden of Ranipouwa VDC of Kaski said.
Syangden, along with four other women, are taking mobile phone repair training at a local Panchakanya Training Institute. “We have already completed our first-level training. The second-level training is underway,” Syangden added.
Participants of the training say people involved in mobile phones repairing are paid better compared to other jobs. “We were paid Rs 8,000 per month when we started working after completion of level-one training,” she said, adding: “Our pay will increase once we complete level-two training.”
Sushila GC, another trainee, believes that women are equally capable of doing modern and non-traditional jobs like men. “I participated in the training after convincing my parents that women also can do such skilled-oriented jobs,” GC added.
Employment Fund (EF), an NGO, has been offering such trainings to women in different parts of the country through local institutions. It offers skill-oriented training on agriculture, metal works, furniture, carpet works, mobile repairing and plumbing, among others.
“I started working right after completing level-one training on plumbing,” Ranju Ale Magar, one of the trainees, told Republica. “My earning is good and my family members are happy with my job.”
Magar said she would continue both her training and job so that she can train other women in the future.
Preeti Bishwokarma, another participant of plumbing training, said they would be able to earn as much as Rs 17,000 per month once the training is completed.