In this captivating case study, we delve into the life of Pemba Ghale, a resilient and determined young man who has faced numerous challenges and seized every opportunity that came his way. From his unexpected journey as a young monk to becoming an enterprising individual, Pemba’s life story is a testament to his unwavering spirit and commitment to pursuing new horizons. This case study explores his experiences, from his early years in a remote village to his present-day ventures as a poultry farmer, wild boar farmer, and collector of valuable medicinal herbs.

Pemba Ghale grew up in the village of Gre, where the education system was lacking. Seeking a better education, he left his family at a young age to study in Guljung. At the age of 13, Pemba encountered a Buddhist preacher who sparked his curiosity and desire to become a monk. With a sense of adventure and conviction, he secretly followed the preacher to Kathmandu, embarking on an unexpected spiritual journey.

Pemba found solace and purpose in the monastery in Darjeeling, where he learned the Tibetan language and immersed himself in the teachings of Buddhism. Surrounded by like-minded individuals and blessed with good friendships, he thrived in this unique environment. However, an unforeseen event would soon bring him back to Nepal.

In 2072 B.S., Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Around the same time, Pemba was sent back to his homeland from the monastery via helicopter. Reuniting with his family in Gre, Rasuwa, he experienced mixed emotions as he longed to return to the monastery but was held back by a personal tragedy within his family.

Life took an unexpected turn for Pemba when he decided to change his religion and convert to Christianity.He honored the tradition of his Tamang culture by marrying the girl he had been engaged to since childhood. This commitment marked the beginning of a new chapter in Pemba’s life.

Pemba’s entrepreneurial spirit took flight as he ventured into poultry farming and wild boar farming simultaneously. While the poultry farming enterprise faced a setback due to heavy snowfall, Pemba persevered and sustained his licensed wild boar farming business with a smaller population. Notably, he also delved into the collection of valuable medicinal herbs, including Cordyceps sinensis (yarshagumba), paha (Paa liebigii), and red mushrooms.

Prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, Pemba worked in Kerung, China, broadening his horizons and gaining invaluable experiences. Additionally, he served as a trekking guide, leading adventurers through the mesmerizing landscapes of Langtang, Gosainkunda, and Nagthali in Rasuwa. Pemba’s dedication to his work and his desire for new opportunities exemplify his unwavering determination.

Currently, Pemba’s wife is pursuing employment in Kuwait, while he shoulders the responsibility of caring for their son, Peter. Looking ahead, Pemba plans to embark on a journey to Kerung, China, with his son, in search of new employment prospects. His willingness to explore new avenues reflects his resilience and unwavering work ethic.

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Author Name: Roja Karki

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