Like most of the artisans of Torulota Handicrafts, Nilufer Begum comes from a very poor family and never had the chance to go to school.
Monimala was the eldest among her siblings. Being brought up in a poor family, she was only able to study up to eighth grade.
Mrs. Hazera Begum is one of the hundreds of female artisans Bonoful Handmade Paper Project has helped lift out of extreme poverty. Like many of her co-workers, Hazera comes from a very poor family and had to leave school when she was in fourth grade.
Handmade leather goods by local villagers are exported across the world through the Nepal Leprosy Trust. They provide income to people affected by leprosy, disability and those who have been marginalised by poverty and other causes.