Born in Bhutan and exiled in 1992. Her daughter was the fifth generation born in Bhutan before they were exiled. While in the camps she helped start and run programs to teach people to sew, weave, and knit. She also helped girls get scholarships to get an education. In addition, she started BRAVE (Bhutanese Refugees Aid for Victims of Violence), a self-help organization for people who were tortured by the government of Bhutan. While working as an advocate on behalf of the Bhutanese refugees, she asked for asylum and came to the United States in 2000. She began working for an organization called, Refugee Women Network. Her family was able to join her in 2002. After arriving in Minnesota, Mangala and her husband started the Nirvana Center and has continued to help families resettle .