Providing Access to Credit in Southern Nepal



To assist 13,350 people in low-caste communities to organize, through self-help groups; increase their social and economic status; reduce gender restrictions; improve their health and education.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The Terai region of southern Nepal suffers from dowry, purdah and caste systems. These give low status to poor women and create problems such as wife-beating. Over 75% of women are illiterate. Most girls marry at age 17. Women lack access to family planning and reproductive health services. Over 30% of pregnancies are unwanted. Most women lack income to pay for health services and get into debt.

How will this project solve this problem?

Provide training and capital for women's savings and credit groups; increase percentage of women obtaining pre-natal healthcare and assistance at birth; provide couples with access to family planning and reproductive health services.

Potential Long Term Impact

The savings and credit groups provide a strong opportunity for change, education for women, motivation and hope. The groups come together and focus on long-term, essential needs in their communities, such as the urgent need for safe drinking water.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

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Project Leader

Jagdish Ghimire

Area Representative for World Neighbors
Kathmandu, Nepal

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