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Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship: A Case Study of Women Entrepreneur from Katari, Udayapur

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The Situation:
Nepal has made great strides towards gender equality in recent years however it still lacks the opportunities for economic empowerment of women. As Nepal remains a patriarchal society, women’s accesses to economic resources are severely limited. Most of women are involved in unpaid unproductive family labor force. Women in Nepal are responsible for cooking, fetching fuel and water for household purposes. Further, continued dependence on traditional biomass has adverse effects on women’s health. 63% populations lives in rural areas (CBS2011) and are dependent on kerosene and bio-fuel. The economic empowerment of women is a vital element of strong economic growth in any country given the fact that they constitute 50 percent of the economically potential population. Involvement of women in entrepreneurial activities would ensure effective utilization of labor, generation of income, leading to improvement in quality of life and economy of the country. Women empowerment thro…

User Experience with Mud- ICS, from Udayapurgadhi Rural Municipality

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The Situation: Udayapurgadhi Rural Municipality of Eastern Nepal lies in Udayapur District one of the 14 districtsofProvince No. 1 ineasternNepal. According to the census of 2011 it has total of 317,532 populations of which Chhetri, Rai, Magar are principal ethnic groups of Udayapur. In 2011, its literacy rate was 69 percent and female percentage was 53 percent. According to 2011 census of Nepal, the total population of this municipality was 30,731. Remote geography, diverse settlement, lack of access to education, health services, roads, drinking water, communication, poverty and unemployment are major problems of this rural municipality. Even to date, there is no grid electricity; hence the community depends on solar electricity. This Rural Municipality has prioritized access to clean energy and grid electricity in 2018/19. The objectives of the plan are to: ·Provide access to electricity ·Lighten the streets and roads in the municipality using solar ·Develop the municipality through…

Improving Livelihoods through Improved Cookstoves: Majhi Tole, Udaypur

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Majhi Tole (English translation: Majhi = Fisherman; Tole = Hamlet) is a small village located in Katari Municipality, Ward no. 4 of Udayapur district. It is a poor community, members of which practice fishing as a seasonal occupation. The village, with a heterogeneous population of diverse ethnic backgrounds, consists of 58 households. This village is representative of economically marginalized groups of Nepal, which lack access to clean cooking solutions. This case presents itself as an example of a successful collaboration between the community, government and non-governmental entities to ensure access of poor households to improved cooking solutions. As of September 2016, all families in the village have fixed-type Rocket Stoves (see picture) installed in their kitchens. These units have been installed by women stove entrepreneurs trained within the WEE-Nepal Project.

This case study is based on the interactions of the Advocacy Team with community members of Majhi Tole in September…

DEDICATED TO EMPOWERING WOMEN: Meena Kumari Khadka Samudayeek Balbikash Tatha Mahila Jagaran, Katari

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Womenare undoubtedly the backbone of any society, delivering to multiple roles every single day. Yet, their multifaceted role within their households and in the society remains invisible and largely underappreciated in many parts of the world. This, in turn, has led to different forms of inequality, injustice and oppression against women, often rendering them financially dependent and vulnerable to a number of social evils. For centuries now, women have been enduring social and cultural pressures that limit their professional and personal development.
Despite these social norms and restrictions, exemplary are the women who have dared to rise above lopsided traditionalisms, acquired recognition in a patriarchal society and endeavoured to achieve the same for others. This is a story of one such woman, Meena Kumari Khadga from Katari Municipality-Ward 7 of Udayapur District. She manages an NGO called Community Children Development and Women Awareness Centre. The NGO operates as a local Co…

Story Telling: Students' increased Awareness and Motivation

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“Energy: Empowering Women Uplifting Lives” (Advocacy)
Manikhel, Lalitpur
30 June, 2017