Working overseas was challenging, but at least I made some money. In 2010, I returned to Nepal with about Rs700,000 saved up to start my own clothing store. My unfulfilled dream was finally coming true. People also trusted me more to lend me money, I was older, more mature and had exposure overseas.
My clothing store did well, and as the business expanded I opened six more outlets across the capital. But I used to always be curious where the clothes I sold came from, how they were made. When I travelled to India, Bangladesh and China to source the garments for my store, and I used to visit the factories of my suppliers. I often wondered why we couldn’t manufacture the clothes in Nepal itself.
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I finally mustered the courage to purchase seven sewing machines and started making clothes in my apartment. The response from customers was encouraging. I started closing down my shops, and expanded the manufacturing by adding 60 more machines.
Before long, my garment brand Thread Garment became a full-fledged clothing supplier. We produce men’s wear and supply outlets all over Nepal, even selling tracksuits, sleeping bags and thermocots, which previously used to be imported, to the Nepal Police and Nepal Army. My clothes with the Made in Nepal tag are now sold in Malaysia, Qatar and Dubai, the very countries where Nepali work.