A Girl in Nepal Interview Series: Mamata Rai

This week, I’d like to take you to the Everest region of Nepal to meet five girls who are currently in the 10th grade.  In the Solukhumbu, 70% of all girls drop out of school after 10th grade because the higher secondary school is too difficult to reach both geographically and financially.  We’re hoping to change that.

Each day, we will introduce you to a new girl.  The women range in age from 17-24 but are united in their desire to continue their studies.  Today, I’d like to introduce you to Mamata Rai.

Mamata, how old are you?
24 years old

What would you like to do when you get older?
I want to be a businesswoman.

Tell me a bit about yourself.
I was forced to marry after I completed grade 10.  Now, I have 3 children and a husband.  I want to continue my education very much but as a married woman, I can’t stay in other people’s homes because it’s culturally unacceptable in our community.

Why would you want a spot in the hostel?
My husband and my in-laws will not pay for my education so this hostel is my hope for higher education.

Why do you want to continue your studies?
I am a houswife but also, I run a small business.  Due to lack of education, I am not able to run a better business so I want to study more.

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