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Ms. Sahanshila Nyachhon (Tasty Pickles)

Thulo .Com
Sep 17, 2020

Entrepreneurship for women is often seen as a journey towards poverty alleviation and
empowerment. So when Sahanshila realized her children were on their way to making it on their
own, a full-time stay at home mother, she decided that she wanted to do something. She wanted
to use her newfound free time to empower herself through entrepreneurship. As a member of
WEAN Multipurpose Cooperative, she had already received training for handicraft production
and was involved in making handicraft products like bedcovers, patchwork designing, blankets,
and kitchen items like potholders, oven mitts, and apron. But when she realized that there was a
huge demand for bottled pickles and achars, she decided to seize the opportunity to do start a
business in the pickle and achar industry. She enrolled in the pickle making training, and in 1997
together with her four sisters, she founded Tasty Pickles. Today they have more than 30 varieties
of pickles.

Business during COVID-19 and Adapting to E-commerce

The global COVID-19 pandemic brought about disaster all over the world, leaving the economy
in chaos. Many businesses are facing intense pressures to survive, and some have already thrown
in the towel. Businesses around the world have been forced to close down causing a disruption in
commerce. They are facing many short-term challenges, such as those related to cash-flow,
health and safety, consumer demand, sales, and marketing. Sahanshila too felt all these impacts
of COVID-19. According to her, the financial impacts of COVID-19 is the most difficult to
manage currently. She is trying her best to cut down expenses and manage her fixed costs. The
pandemic has also forced consumers to shop online, which is causing a shift in their behavior.
She believes that businesses should now move forward with a strategy that is focused more on
selling online. The nationwide lockdown that lasted months meant that Sahanshila had to rely on
online sales to keep up her business. In an effort to address the crisis that was happening,
Federation of Woman Entrepreneurs’ Associations of Nepal (FWEAN), together with EMERGE
and launched “MA-UDHYAMI” campaign as a part of the project “Revitalizing
Women’s Businesses Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic”. It is funded by the United States Agency
for International Development (USAID). Her products were selected to be promoted under the

Something to learn from Sahanshila

Sahanashila started this venture to make better use of her free time and she hopes that other
women do the same. She believes that women should get into entrepreneurship and learn to run
their own business if they have free time on their hands. It is a great way to learn new things and
upgrade your skills and knowledge. One should also be wary of the hard work and dedication it
takes to be successful.

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Story Covered by: Ms. Jaani Kandangwa


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