Gokarna Bastola never went to school, did not know how to read or write, and followed his parent’s footsteps to become a dairy farmer in Pharping, 20km south of Kathmandu.
The family made a decent living selling milk, but was not well-to-do. The fact that there was only a rough road to the capital meant that milk could not easily be taken to the Kathmandu market.
Which is why the young Gokarna hit upon the idea of turning the milk into khuwa, a traditional sweetened concentrated solid milk product that would not spoil. Since he was the only dairy farmer in the area who was making khuwa, business just took off.
The Kali Khuwa Udyog started in Pharping 40 years ago with an initial investment of only Rs255. Today, it is a thriving industry and it has made Gokarna Bastola a prosperous man able to afford top education for all his four children, who are now based around the world.
“The milk would not keep, so we preserved it as khuwa, I never thought it would be such a big business one day,” Bastola reflects.