Women’s Empowerment Program

Women who live in the remote districts of Nepal work very hard from dawn to dusk. They spend their time on household chores, raising children, taking care of cattle, etc., but their work is not paid and, sadly, not even recognized as work. This results in the husband being considered the powerful person in the family, as he is the one bringing in money. Thus, he makes decisions for the family and the wife simply listens and follows his decisions. However, if she earns money from her work, she can decide how she wants to spend her money.

 

From our 10 years of experience at TSW, we have found that from whatever a woman earns, she spends 95% on her family, such as buying nutritious food for her children, supporting their education, buying medicines, repairing the home, etc.; in contrast, we have found that 65% of husbands’ incomes are spent on alcohol, gambling, and himself.

 

By empowering women through livelihood skills and the ability to earn their own money, it is clear that just one of the most obvious benefits is better care for their children’s education and health.

 

Weaving For Empowerment - Kathmandu

 

This program was established with the intent to teach women marketable skills, to help them become economically independent,to keep traditional Nepali weaving alive, and to serve as an inspiration for other women to join them with hope and promise for their future.

 

We have so far trained 5 women from different backgrounds; a few of them are single mothers and the others were not given the opportunity to go to school, since girls seldom get this chance due to poverty and gender inequality.

 

These women hand weave a beautiful cotton fabric known as Dhaka. This is a centuries old authentic Nepalese traditional fabric. Its beauty lies in the unique creative expression and color combinations of the weaver.

 

Dhaka fabric can be used as scarves, table runners, bed runners, and wall hangings, and can be made into any other attire like dresses, coats, etc.

 

When we sell the products, 90% of the profit goes back to the weavers and 10% will be used to train more women in the communities.

 

Since 2008, The Small World has formed and trained 18 women's groups in the Kaku, Waku and Taksindu villages of the Solukhumbhu district. Each home group consists of an average of 12 women.They are provided sewing training for 3 months in their communities as well as adult literacy classes to learn basic reading, writing, and calculating skills.