Proving age is but a number, newly-qualified 52 year old Dilkumari Neupane is a mason now in charge of rebuilding collapsed houses in Rasuwa District, Nepal- two years on from the devastating earthquake in April which killed 9,000 people.
The earthquake left many women without their husbands and homes, leaving the burden of providing for a household firmly on their shoulders.
However, women like Dilkumari are rebuilding their futures, one brick at a time. Supported by local organisation Lumanti, funded by UK aid agency CAFOD, Dilkumari has gained a range of masonry skills needed to construct earthquake-resistant buildings.
Dilkumari is one of only a handful of women doing this work in the area and since completing the training, she now leads a team of both male and female trainees.
The married mother of 6 children and grandmother of 1, trained to be a mason so she could earn more money to support her family.
Now that …