Swiss Disability And Development Consortium


Swiss Disability and
Development Consortium


The indigenous traditional way of life is important to Kamala. But as a woman with a disability from a marginalized community, it is increasingly difficult for her to cope in society. With the support of local organizations of persons with disabilities, she is empowering herself to become financially independent.

Portrait of Kamala. She has tied back her dark curls. She wears a bindi on her forehead, a nose piercing and lipstick. Her red dress has a floral pattern.
A pushcart on an empty square. There are various products on it like water bottles. Two young people are standing in front of the pushcart, talking to each other. A third person stands further back.

“I don't have any friends so to speak. I am very busy as I am at work from 7 am to 7 pm. My husband is my friend, and my customers are also my friends. But in society, if they see me, they tend to point out my wheelchair. They say things like: ‘You have a disability; how will you be able to work?’ and other similar terms. But I don't like that.”

“This photo reminds me of my childhood. I grew up in a village and our livelihood was cattle rearing. I had to feed the cattle so that in the future we would have a lot of milk and more cattle that we could sell later as a source of livelihood. Being from a marginalized community, it was our only source of livelihood.”

A black cow and four white goats are eating grass. They are standing under an awning made out of sheet metal, which belongs to a stable.
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