Having a physical disability is not Rupa’s choice, but she considers it her power. After going through many rejections and much distress, she finally found her way. With the help of her mother, she started a small business selling ‘achar’ (Nepali pickles). She proved to herself that her positive attitude is much stronger than her disability.
“After going through all those struggles (finding paid employment), I started this. Now, I don't want or need to go around looking for a job. Now I can actually give jobs to people. So now I am independent.”
“Sometimes, I go to meet them (my friends). I like to stay at home most of the time. Mostly I get in touch with them through social media. They call me to meet and relax, but I can't go there because they have stairs, and the places are up high. Therefore, they will also feel sad and that will make me sadder. So, I don't really like to hang out. It is one of the barriers that prevent me from being in touch with my friends.”