Making new opportunities for women in rural Nepal
When Riya Gurung lost her husband to cancer, she feared her family was in permanent jeopardy. What did their financial future hold?
Instead of giving in to despair, Riya focused on becoming the best farmer she could. Using the guidance of ASHA Nepal and the support of her local cooperative, Riya became the head of her family’s farm, as well as one of the lead trainers in her group.
ASHA Nepal has chosen to work in some of the most marginalized communities in Chhaimale and Okharpauwa, areas in the central part of Nepal. Through training on agroecology, cooperative formation and management, health and anti-violence education, and advocacy skills – members are building self determination in every area of their life. Given that only 30% of women are literate in Nepal, access to management and accounting training become vital opportunities as access to secondary education remains out of reach.
Since becoming an IDEX partner, ASHA Nepal has rapidly increased its organizing and advocacy work with over twenty rural cooperatives. Meeting in backyards and barns, farms and offices, these cooperatives have become the basis of hope in an economy that has not made new opportunities for women in the last decade.
Increasingly, ASHA Nepal has focused on training members to represent their own interests with the local agricultural offices and development authorities. This direct advocacy has led to women assuming new positions of power at unprecedented rates.
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