Profile from Nepal: Khilak Kumar Darji

Khilak and his family are from a rural village called Bassbote in Nepal. His father was called "kaput," translating to “unworthy son,” because he had four daughters and was 55-years-old by the time Khilak was born. Likely stemming from criticism for having no sons for so long, Khilak faced extra pressure to fulfill his father’s wishes. He was forced to marry at the age of 14. He remembers crying in school when his father came to take him to get married. Now 30, Khilak is the father of four children. His wife, Rita, serves the community as a mid-wife and paid $5 per month to help women in the community. Faced with the challenge of providing for a family of six, with only a primary education a

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