Arati hails from Makwanpur district and currently lives at Chalnakhel, Khokana. She was infected with leprosy at the age of 12 years old but had no idea about it and started consulting witch doctors and taking some medicines from a pharmacy in her village. Later after three years, her fingers started to shed and her villagers told her that she is infected with leprosy and suggested her to go to Kathmandu for treatment. She came to Anandaban hospital and took medicine for 3 years.
She was referred to New SADLE from Anandaban hospital and joined it in 1989. She works in bags section here along with her husband Rogendra Bahadur Bista, also a leprosy patient. Her fingers are clawed and she has also lost her toes.
Arati and Rogendra have a son and two daughters. Her son has completed high school and went to work in Malaysia. However, he got injured during work and lost his both toes and was sent back to Nepal. Her daughters were studying in high school but had to drop because of financial crisis to add to her tragedy. Her younger daughter wants to be a nurse but is idle at home now as they could not pay for her studies. Arati feels very sad for being unable to provide higher education to her children and sheds her tears while sharing this.
Arati feels thankful that they are still alive and didn’t have to die of starvation because of the support provided by New SADLE.