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Mrs. Laxmi Sharma also known as “The Button Lady” and Nepal’s first women tempo driver who attended school only for three days is now the proud proprietor of Laxmi Wood Craft Udhyog. Mrs. Sharma was born in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu on 18th November, 1949 A.D. When she was only five, she was sent to one of the palaces in the country as a maid servant to serve the then Princess Bunu Maharani, sister of the then king Tribhuvan. She was assigned a job of cleaning the temple inside the palace as well as preparing for the daily Puja. After serving the princess for six years she left the job at the palace. She was only 13 when she got married. She had her first child when she was only 20 years old. When she was hospitalized after the birth of her child, her husband's girlfriend showed up in the hospital and started to abuse her. By the time she was 25 she had three daughters and was divorced. When her first daughter was only six months’ old she started working at a diplomat’s house for a mere 60 rupees a month. After working there for six months she asked for a pay raise with the help of a translator. She later figured out that the person who had put her in the job used to take away 40 rupees from her salary. Then she went on to work at different diplomat’s house for 12 years and learned to speak English and cook 130 kinds of European and Scandinavian food. She has received different awards from US Embassy and other Embassies for her skills in food preparation. Mrs. Sharma faced much hardship in her life because she was not comfortable with English language. She worked hard to learn English. Now, years later, she visits different countries from US, UK, Australia to promote her business and has no problems communicating in English. She also received a special honor from Washington D.C. for her contribution as women in entrepreneurship development in Nepal. Mrs. Sharma believes that being educated is important to start a business but is not the only requisite as when she started her business she was not educated in the correct sense of the word. She believes that entrepreneurs are like water who can find their own way to success despite all the hurdles along the way. Mrs. Sharma has a very positive outlook towards life. She went through a lot of hardships in his life —one being a natural calamity and the other two being political incidents. She finds her sense of peace in Yoga and classical music. She is a classical singer herself. She has already recorded her first album which is going to be released soon and is already in much demand in the United Kingdom.