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Meet Pabi, Our Honest and Hardworking Employee of the Month

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

by Sonja Kraft

Nepali garment manufacturing worker

Congratulations, you won the employee of the month award! How did you feel when you found out that you won?

I didn’t expect it, but I was very happy and very glad to hear my name.

We want to get to know you a little bit better. Can you tell us about your family?

I have one son and one daughter. My son is 7 and my daughter is 2. My son lives with his father and my daughter lives with her aunt. I am currently staying at a shelter home.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Normally I like to just stay home and relax. When I am relaxing I like to talk with the other ladies I live with and sometimes read the Bible. Whenever I get a chance though I try to go and visit my children.

Pabi, Purnaa's manufacturing worker

What is something fun or interesting you have done recently?

Very recently we had a birthday party for Indira. She is the woman who runs the shelter home where I am staying. There were games, snacks, and dancing. I love to dance. I really enjoyed that party.

If you only had one word to describe yourself, what would it be?

Honest. I am an honest person; I always try to do the right thing.

When have you been the most satisfied in your life?

The day when I gave birth to my baby boy, that was the most satisfying day of my life. I was married for 5 years before I got pregnant. That was a difficult time for me and my family. But the day when I gave birth, I said I had been awarded some kind of star from God. That was the happiest moment of my life.

How long have you worked at Purnaa?

7 months.

What did you do before you worked at Purnaa?

This is my first job ever. I used to live in a village and help with farm work sometimes.

What motivated you to come work at Purnaa?

I am very grateful to God that I met Shristi, my friend and colleague. She brought me to Purnaa for the interview. I’m also very happy to have become friends with Rebecca. She has helped to empower me. God has brought so many wonderful people into my life.

What keeps you coming to work?

I like the environment of Purnaa. I have many friends here so if I stay at home I get bored and I will not be able to earn money. It has been very helpful to have a community, to be able to socialize with my friends. I am now very hopeful for my future. That is what motivates me to come to work every day. I feel like I can earn enough and I can save money. I know I will be empowered, and even if I don’t work here in future, I will be able to find a job somewhere else. I have hope.

Community is very important at Purnaa