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Goma Rai can be found brewing hot tea at a small stall in Kel Tol, Ason. Fifty-year- old Goma has been selling tea for around three decades now. She is originally from Nuwakot. Selling tea is her everyday ritual as she wakes up as early as four in the morning and works at her tea stall till 7 pm.
She says, “When I began this business, I used to sell tea at two rupees per glass, while a packet of milk would cost five rupees. Of course things have changed now, but I’ve never received any complaints from my customers about the taste of the tea.” She sells a cup of milk tea at Rs 15 now.
Goma says she is still doing well for herself despite the never ending inflation. She has also managed to save some money to build a home after the one in Nuwakot was destroyed in the April 25, 2015 earthquake. “I like my work and I feel proud that I am an independent woman. I am completely happy with my life,” added Goma.