Entrepreneurship: Tshering Dorji, 27, along with three others, who are visually impaired, started a massage therapy home yesterday.  The spa started with five clients.

Dungsel Home Spa is established with a vision to empower people living with disabilities to be independent.

“With unemployment problem on the rise, it’s difficult to get a job. Moreover, it isn’t easy to compete with others to get a job,” said Tshering Dorji.

Kunzang Chophel, a therapist, who graduated from Sherubtse College in Kanglung, said, “We established this business with the hope that we can stand on our own feet.”

The spa will provide three types of massages – holistic/full body massage, Thai massage, and reflexology.  Three customers will be attended to at a time.  The spa will be open from 10am to 8pm everyday.

Disabled Person’s Association of Bhutan (DPAB) assisted Dungsel Home Spa with paperwork and other requirements.

Trainers of Aman Kora trained four of therapists of the spa for six months.  Another four were trained in Aman Kora, Paro, for 10 months.

“If business goes well, we want to open the same in Paro hiring the other four, who was trained with us,” said Tshering Dorji.

Dungsel Home Spa is located behind Bhutan Development Bank ltd in Thimphu.  Bhutan Foundation and Normisjon of Norway supported the training.

By Dechen Tshomo