Providing Access to Credit in Southern Nepal

by World Neighbors South Asia

Summary

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.
$3,299
total raised
25
donors
0
monthly donors
9
years active

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.

Solution

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.

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​www.wn.org/​aboutwn.asp
Read More in Quarterly Magazine
Details About the Approach to Gender
More About the Reproductive Health Approach
World Neighbors Support for Women

Organization Information

World Neighbors South Asia

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​www.wn.org/​FAQ.asp
World Neighbors South Asia
Project Leader:
Jagdish Ghimire
Area Representative for World Neighbors
Kathmandu, Nepal

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