Subhadra K.C., now 51 years old, has been with ACP since 34 years working in block printing and dyeing. She was born in Ghothatar, Kathmandu and grew up with her 5 siblings. She went to school only up to grade 4 because being the eldest daughter she had to support her parents in taking care of her siblings and domestic work. Her father was a farmer, had a small piece of land for agriculture. Due to frequent illness, her father was unable to work regularly. Her mother used to be busy with taking care of her brothers and sisters. Subhadra started to support her family in agriculture and household chores from the early age of 11, when she hardly could carry water jar (Gagri). She never got the opportunity to enjoy her childhood.
At the age of 17 she got married in a big joint family. The income source of the family was not strong. Subhadra was brought to ACP by her mother-in-law. She was not skilled in any craft. She was trained by ACP on Block printing and later on she also got the opportunity to learn assorted skills like Dyeing, Screen Printing, Felting, Embroidery, Knitting etc. After joining ACP, she was able to contribute to family bread basket which alleviated the financial constraint of the family.
She got opportunity for a Bangladesh exposure trip in a group which was one of the best moment and wonderful experience for her in her entire life. She benefited from the various allowances like child education, medical, festival, clothing, emergency allowance and retirement fund and also benefited from various training programs. After taking Adult literacy class in ACP, her deep interest for education was fulfilled and now she is able to read and write properly. She has also received financial award for her performance and also promoted.
Today, she feels that after joining ACP she became disciplined, confident, and highly skilled in multiple area. She is very proud that her life became complete fulfilled and satisfied. She is able to support her family and they are very happy. She is counted as a respected member in her family. She feels that she is getting more love and respect from her husband and family. She has one son and one daughter both are studying well. She dreams to travel foreign country and wish to send her children abroad for further study.
For over 15 years, she managed the finances at Krishna Arts, who is one of our ceramic producer but her true passion lay in working with ceramics. Two years ago, she decided to pursue this dream by getting involved in glazing and firing ceramics. However, there were concerns about damaged products, so she took on additional responsibilities, overseeing production and the firing and glazing processes. Her efforts to ensure quality at every step helped reduce damage, but there was room for improvement. She also improved her knowledge of the products and established better communication with ACP, allowing them to deliver quality products on time. Her direct involvement now allows her to stop and correct mistakes.
She and her husband both create ceramics and live together. During festivals, they enjoy meeting relatives and savoring local dishes. In Thimi, the ceramics community gathers to celebrate Chariot festivals, providing opportunities to create new products and connect with people involved in every step from raw materials to the finished piece. Her role as an artisan at ACP has not only improved her finances but also enhanced her communication skills, boosting her positivity.
She finds great relaxation and happiness when daily orders are completed successfully, especially when there are fewer defective products after firing. This is her favorite part of the workday. While weekdays are hectic, she eagerly anticipates the weekends to spend quality time with her spouse and enjoy a well-deserved break.