Meet Putali Giri, of the far Western region of Nepal. With her husband unable to find steady work, Putali had a hard time making ends meet for her family with the small tea shop she owned.
"We had to live with only tea and bread for many days," she says.
Although they had previously been able to send their son off to school, Putali and her husband were forced to ask him to return home to help earn money for the family.
In late 2011, Putali started taking literacy classes at her local READ Center and joined the center's savings and credit cooperative.
Since then, she has already saved enough money to expand her tea shop to a full grocery store.
With her improved literacy skills, she is able to manage the accounts for her business more effectively. Her husband has been able to generate income by selling his vegetables at Putali's store, and their son can return to his studies.
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