Like most girls in her village of Ura, Tshering stopped going to school after junior high because of a lack of financial resources in her family.
She was married at the age of 19 and is now a single mother at 21. She lives with her older brother’s family and until recently could only contribute to the household by helping out with chores.
When READ Bhutan opened its first READ Center in Ura in 2010, Tshering was one of the top contenders for the post of Assistant Librarian.
Ambitious and smart, she was selected from many candidates who applied for the position. As assistant librarian, Tshering has taken on several initiatives and conducted a number of reading programs, which have led to an increase in the number of daily library users at the Center.
Today, Tshering feels empowered and proud to be earning a livelihood while serving her family and the community.
She says, “I not only earn some money, I am respected for having a job and serving the community. I help my brother provide for the family in my little ways and save for my daughter’s future. I want to be able to give my daughter the chance to dream big and complete her education.”
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