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.
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.
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.