Build Women Savings & Credit Cooperatives, Nepal

by Women Awareness Center, Nepal (WACN)
Sep 21, 2011

Women in Nepal Fight for Economic Empowerment and Food Security

Women’s Awareness Centre Nepal (WACN) is a shining example of how rural women can transform themselves and their socio-economic status.

Since its inception, WACN's activities focus on creating a just and equal society for women by increasing their capacity in leadership roles within savings and credit cooperatives.  

To date, WACN has established 41 small self-help groups that have grown into larger, thriving savings and credit cooperatives.  Many are completely owned and operated by the women community members themselves. These rural cooperatives stress the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the concept of group saving; the need to develop regular savings; and to mobilize savings in the most effective and proper way.   Cooperatives run by women in Nepal are more than just a bank; they address many social issues faced by rural women. 

 This year WACN has plans to extend its activities to the Chitwon District of Nepal and strengthen the newly registered cooperative of Jutpani and Padampur.  Additioally, WACN has proposed to establish a network of women's cooperatives in the villages of Bachhauli, Kharaini and Pithua.

Notable also is the training and support cooperative members receive, upon establishment, in sustainable agricultural practices, such as organic farming, the use of natural composting and fertilizers, water catchment, environmental health and food security.  Some women have even become model farmers and trainers in permaculture.

Your support to the women's cooperatives offer opportunities for growth through autonomy and independence.


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Organization Information

Women Awareness Center, Nepal (WACN)

Location: Gyaneswor, Khatmandu - Nepal
Project Leader:
Gillian Wilson
IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

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