In 2015, two devastating earthquakes struck Nepal. Whole villages were destroyed throughout the country’s most remote regions. Crucial supply lines were cut off.
Enter Sanju Biswakarma
With 800,000 homes destroyed, Nepalese faced the threat of long exposure to harsh mountain weather. Knowing the need for isolated communities to be able to sustain themselves, and the CRS shelter team responded not by building homes, but by training Nepalese to rebuild. Sanju Biswakarma learned CRS’s advanced earthquake-resilient construction practices. Sanju’s resourcefulness and commitment to excellence soon broke down traditional barriers to women entering in the construction trade.
She’s rebuilding her life and community.
Sanju became a lead mason. She saw her wages increase. She began rebuilding her own home. She and her husband are also able to provide better diets and healthcare for their daughter, who Sanju can now afford to send to private school. Sanju, along with many other Nepalese, are rebuilding their communities. All they needed were the right tools.
“Sanju’s resourcefulness and commitment to excellence soon broke down traditional barriers to women entering the construction trade.”
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