Jailbirds’ weaving skills come handy

Lumjung, July 29:

Inmates of Lumjung prison are making enough money to be able to send at least Rs 2,000 a month to their families back home. The handicrafts they make while serving time have found ready buyers.

Prison head Mangal Tamang said the inmates are earning handsomely from the sale of end products of their skill. They weave mudhas, namlos and other handicrafts and make at least Rs 2,000 a month, he added.

“A mudha that sells for Rs 300 to Rs 500 can be made in two days,” revealed another inmate Sukman Magar. “I am the only bread winner in my family. I send home up to Rs 2,000 a month,” he says with a hint of pride.

Another prisoner from Makawanpur, Jeevan Lama, said he had been sending home whatever he earns from the sale of the handicrafts.

“We are lucky that we have found work in the prison that pays,” he adds. A woman prisoner from Tanahun, Bhanu Kumari Rana, said she was adept in making necklaces, handkerchiefs, sacks and chaduwa.

“At times I make anything between Rs 200 and Rs 300 a day,” he said.