“I studied till class 3 in my village, but after my parents got divorced, I couldn’t continue my studies. At the age of 11, I enrolled at Kawajangsa Painting School, becoming the youngest to enroll and later, at 17 in 2001, the youngest to graduate. My journey into earning began by working under my teachers, and gradually, I started taking on my own contracts. A unique aspect of my work is that I get to preserve my country’s culture and traditions.
After I got married, the birth of my first child brought immense joy, but that happiness was short-lived as I had to face my own sadness when I signed divorce papers a few months later. People in my line of work are often deeply affected, given the constant movement and absence from home. It’s been about 5 years now, and I haven’t remarried.
People like us were doing well until the pandemic hit, as we primarily earn by painting houses, and most construction projects came to a halt. As a painter, my proudest achievement is having had the opportunity to paint the Supreme Court inside and out, leading the project and receiving a certificate from the Chief Justice. I believe preserving Zorig Chusum (13 arts and crafts) is crucial—it not only safeguards our culture and traditions but also creates valuable opportunities.”

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