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Stitching torn pieces together
Badri Pariyar is a 51 year old local tailor based in Bhotebahal, Kathmandu. Badri says he has been involved in tailoring for as long as he remembers.
Previously, he used to work at a garment factory. But, after being struck by partial paralysis some nine years ago, he had to leave his factory job and start a new life. Originally from Thingam VDC of Makwanpur, Badri currently resides in Ombahal, Kathmandu. The April 25, 2015 Gorkha Earthquake damaged his house in Makawanpur.
Badri says he is frustrated with the government for failing to provide him with the reconstruction grant. His tailoring job doesn’t earn enough to sustain his family of four at a time when his ailing wife needs constant medical attention. He heads to Bhotebahal for work at eight in the morning and continues till dusk. As Badri works at his individual station with a single sewing machine rather than at a shop, he manages to deliver only a few consignments each day.
“The local unions here know about my disability so they don’t bother me or demand any money for my work station,” he shares. Badri, who can barely walk, has a hard time moving his machine. He takes help from his friend whenever any physical action is required at work.