I am Matrika Timilsina, a 44-year-old resident of Kailali district, and I have had the privilege of being a beneficiary of the Nepal Social Business (NSB) project. Throughout my life, I have held a deep belief in the power of entrepreneurship in driving economic growth. Motivated by this conviction, I established Mahalaxmi Food Product, a noodle production factory located in Tikapur Municipality -1, Kailali district, Sudurpaschim Province.
However, with the presence of intense market competition, sustaining the factory became a challenging task for me. I actively sought alternative options to keep my entrepreneurial spirit alive. It was during this time that my friend Tek came to my life. He informed me about the Nepal Social Business project initiated by the Chaudhary Foundation, and I saw a glimmer of hope. In 2015, I took the initiative to apply for funding through the project.
From the support of the NSB, I had the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive three-month entrepreneurship program. This program has been a turning point for me as it significantly enhanced my business skills and knowledge. Empowered with newfound expertise, I registered my company as Mahalaxmi Garment Industry. With the grant of 10 lakhs from the NSB initiative, I was able to hire 15 employees and acquire 20 machines for the factory.
Today, I am proud to say that the company has experienced commendable growth and success. It has expanded to encompass various ventures within the Mahalaxmi Group, including Mahalaxmi Food Product, Mahalaxmi Agro Center, Mahalaxmi Garment, and Mahalaxmi Bag. Our workforce has grown to over 50 dedicated individuals.
I am immensely grateful to the Chaudhary Foundation and the NSB project for their invaluable support. Their assistance has not only transformed my business but has also contributed to the employment and livelihoods of many others in our community. With their backing, I have been able to fulfill my entrepreneurial aspirations and create a thriving enterprise that continues to grow.