Women's Economic Empowerment
We offer young women in Nepal, the opportunity to develop and implement their own leadership project that are integral to addressing issues affecting young women with specialized guidance from Mountain Resiliency Project.
Our local community leaders, mainly men, have failed to openly acknowledge and address women's issues despite the fact that many women in our community are living in fear of gender-based violence be it private or public. Our community’s response to women's issues has always been subdued, perhaps even apathetic. Our women's economic empowerment program works directly with young women to provide opportunities for community leadership that are integral to addressing issues affecting young women.
Meet some of our women entrepreneurship fellows:
Yeshi ChoNzom, samdrupling Camp, Jawalakhel, Nepal
YESHI is leading a women's health education program for Tibetan communities in rural areas. This is important because Regionally, one of third of South Asian women from ages 15 to 49 has experienced sexual violence (WHO). Survivors often experience life-long emotional distress, mental health problems, poor reproductive health and are at higher risk of acquiring HIV. We face additional challenges of gender-based inequality and social gender barriers; the illiteracy rate for Tibetan men is 19%, while the illiteracy rate for Tibetan women is 33% (CTA Planning Commission). Education and access gap between men and women is prevalent in the Tibetan community.
Dawa Dolma, Tserok Camp, muSTANG, nePAL
DAWA DOLMA is an organic apple farmer from Tserok Tibetan Refugee Camp, Mustang, at 8760ft above sea level. Mustang region is famous for producing delicious apricots and apples. She is drying and preserving apples to produce apple chips and selling it directly to a larger market. Dawa is also providing fruit preservation training to other members in her Tibetan refugee camp. There is a youth unemployment problem in Tibetan refugee camps. Dawa is introducing mountain agribusiness in her refugee camp and it is inspiring other youths in her community.
DECHEN WANGMO, BOUDHA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL
DECHEN is leading an all-natural, handmade candle-making business. She gives training for other single mothers and struggling housewives to gain independence and handicraft skills to create handmade candles. You can find her candles on Ngaden Candles Facebook page. Her candles can now be found in several stores in Kathmandu, Nepal. Understanding the gender-based violence many women suffer due to economic inequality, Dechen expands women's capacity by training them with handicraft skills to eventually become economically independent, and minimizing gender economic inequality in the Tibetan community.