“All our dreams can come true; if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney.  

Entrepreneur pursuits for academic success

“Is the Rukmini Foundation a successful enterprise?”

When encountered with this question, I had to think about how would we measure the success of our organization. Since our establishment, we have grown in our numbers, we have expanded our programs to ensure healthy mind, body, and spirit of our scholars, we have started new branches like Mom’s club to encourage empowered society in multiple directions. Is this a measure of our success?

And then I was told about Sonika Balami. A Rukmini scholar since 2013, Sonika completed her high school certification (SEE exams) and continued her 11th and 12th-grade education on Management in Pharping. She just recently received excellent marks in her grade 12 exams, and Sonika is thinking about pursuing further studies. In order to help her achieve those goals, she has also decided to try entrepreneurship and she joined the Dakshinkali Paurakhi Women’s Group, a business run by a local group of women. The Dakshinkali Paurakhi Women’s Group is a small business/home industry where each member invests and works together to run the business. They make Nepali Duna, Tapari ( a small bowl and plate made from green tree leaves), locally grown seasonal produce and grains, spices, and chowmein and sell at the local Dakshinkali marketplace. The profit is equally shared amongst the investors. 

While Sonika is working diligently in all her free time with the Women’s Group to save money to be able to pursue Bachelor’s degree in Management, she is also setting an example to all our Rukmini scholars and community. Sonika is diligently and confidently pursuing her dreams and thus is a measurement of our success.

Rukmini Foundation’s goal is to empower our scholars to confidently dream and pursue their goals. We aim to provide them with education, mentorship, and guidance that encourages confident, diligent, and determined approach to their future. We want to provide our scholars with not just education, but also the courage and dedication to pursue their ambitions. Sonika pursuing her educational goals through entrepreneurship, courage and hard work by is truly a remarkable beacon of our success.

About Pallavi Gyawali

Pallavi aspires to work towards social development in intercultural communities and currently works for a non-profit organization to promote healthy lifestyle in different cultural groups of her community. She has a degree in Sociology and hopes to further her education in the field of social development and social justice. She is an avid reader and takes inspiration from various world literature, which reflects in her writing and thoughts on community development.
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