Empowering women guides to become entrepreneur

by Empowering Women of Nepal
Empowering women guides to become entrepreneur

 

Empowering Women of Nepal has started four-week intensive Basic Female trekking guide training (FTG) on July 24 during trekking off-season to empower underprivileged young girls and women through adventure tourism from different parts of Nepal.  This time the training has total 30 participants from 10 different districts in which 12 participants are only from Mid-Western Region of Nepal which is considered as one of the most geographically remote regions in Nepal.

Along with the knowledge and skills on becoming a trekking a Trekking guide, FTG also provides life skills training for the participants. During this training, the most important lessons and classes are instructed and facilitated by our own senior trekking guides. These important classes comprise the topic like First Aid-Training, Backpacking, Basic etiquettes of a trekking guides, Flora and Fauna and Experience sharing. Thus, helping our senior guides to amplify their own skills and transfer the knowledge and experiences to young upcoming female trekking guides.

Inn addition to this, recently, EWN organized a workshop on ‘Communication’ with an objective to strengthen the communication skills of our guides which plays a vital role in delivering the success in any field. This workshop was more focused on story telling and as well to present oneself without fear. We had a total of 24 participants in this workshop and is grateful to our instructor  who is a communication consultant and Journalist. 

To conclude, EWN is looking forward to empower young girls and women through adventure tourism and make them self-reliant by providing with employment opportunities as well as entrepreneurship skills through various upcoming trainings. 

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Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN) since its inception has always encouraged becoming self-supportive, independent, decision-making women. In this process, we have trained the women to become female trekking guides breaking the stereotype that only males can be guides.  

During the pandemic, most of our trekking guides were jobless which made them realize to think about other sources of income as well. Due to this many female trekking guides are now learning new skills such as Boutique, Barista, and Mobile repairing so that can they sustain themselves when there is no trekking. Also, one of our guides has just started a new business venture of natural beauty care products.

A female trekking guide of 3 Sisters adventure trekking is currently taking Barista training. She hopes that one day she will start her own business.

Female trekking Guide of 3 Sisters, have taken boutique training where they learned about hand embroidery. 

We are going to organize a communication workshop for employees and guides at the end of April 2022. The workshop will include story telling & presentation, photography, and social media handling.

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Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN) and 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking (3Sisters) locally based in Pokhara, Nepal was established in the year 1994, it is specialized in creating disadvantaged women of Nepal to become a trekking guide and is focusing on creating women guides to become an entrepreneur.

As the COVID – 19 pandemic hit globally, Nepal too was affected and was much more seen in the tourism sector. As our organization focuses on women empowerment, for over 2 decades now we have had more than 400 women guides.  Although after 2 years of a severe pandemic, Nepal is back to normal and tourism seem to take time to revive. Since then many of our women guides have become jobless. This long-gone pandemic situation pushed EWN women guides to take and enhance skills on technical training.

In November 2021, EWN in collaboration with 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking, Kathmandu Environment Education Program (KEEP) organized the Wilderness First Aid Training for the trekking guides, so that trekking guides can develop skills of first aid for trekking injuries and emergencies.  The training includes topics appropriate for in-field treatment related to mountain safety and makes them able to handle any kind of sickness and emergencies during the trek. The training was participated by the 23 guides and staff of the organization. Mana Kunwar, one of the trekking guides said, “Due to pandemic we were not able to go for trekking for last two years and have forgotten most of the skills, now after training it helped us to revive those first aid skills.”

Twice a year, Empowering Women of Nepal organizes the ‘Female Trekking Guide Training’ for the underprivileged women of Nepal free of cost. After the training, the trainees get the on-the-job training from 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking and get a chance to earn as well and be financially independent in their life. At present, we are organizing a month long trekking guide training from November 28 to December 24 and 14 women from 6 district of Nepal have joined the training.

After the training, Empowering Women of Nepal is supporting women financially in their initial period to establish themselves as an entrepreneur in their specialized training area.

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Empowering Women of Nepal

Location: Pokhara, Kaski, Western - Nepal
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Lucky Chhetri
Pokhara - 6, Kaski, Western Nepal
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