16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Shanta the Fighter

Shanta Phuyal is 34 years old and one of the most successful farmers in her village, Jitpurphedi, Nepal. Her life was completely altered through a farming educational program that was facilitated through the Volunteer Initiative of Nepal. “In the past, my family tried to stop me from going outside. I was afraid to go to the women's cooperative. I didn’t know how to convince my family why I wanted to go and spend time there. But you are the very thing that can change your family... Now, my family members stop me from working in the fields and remind me to go to to co-op. Do something, be successful and no one can stop you.”

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2018
Date Uploaded: 10.2018
Photo Location: Jitpurphedi, Nepal
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Drea Castro