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A smart matriarch turns pickles into profit

Date: May 14, 2015

In the dry, hot western region of Nepal, a tiny shop offers a unique and delicious refreshment: green mango pickles made by Harikala Yogi and her family. The pickles are the best in the region, and the Yogi family is thriving thanks to the quiet strength of Harikala, the family leader.

Harikala, 59, is an unlikely entrepreneur. She never went to school, and she married her husband Hari Shankar at just 13. This is a common story in rural Nepal, where family and marriage are often prioritized over education for young girls. Entering the world of business is not encouraged.

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