Durga Laxmi Maharjan is not among those housewives who captivate themselves amid the four confined walls of their houses, spend their entire life serving their family members and depend on their husbands even for petty expenses. She is indeed an exemplary model for those housewives mentioned above. Maharjan, aged 41, lives in Kirtipur, Khasi Bazaar, ward no. 5 with her three children, husband and in-laws.
Apart from being a responsible housekeeper, she also manages to operate small businesses in her house herself. She has taken trainings for the preparation of soaps, incense, pickles and preservatives, candles, etc. She has also learned the techniques for sewing and doll-making. She is currently indulged in doll-making business. She prepares the stuffed toys and sells them in Mahabouddha, a major area in the city for wholesale marketing. Nowadays, she is constantly invited by various organizations to give trainings to other women on the techniques of doll-making. For this, she gets paid by the organizations on the daily basis.