Help 832 women in Nepal start their own businesses

$42,921 $0
Raised Remaining


This project will provide micro loans, literacy and numeracy classes and in-depth agricultural, husbandry and business training to 832 low-caste mountain women in Nepal.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, and women in Nepal routinely suffer from lack of access to education and income. Nepalese low-caste mountain women are the most likely to be subject to crippling poverty and exclusion. Working with already-established ETC Women's Groups, ETC will provide 832 low-caste mountain women with the funds and skills necessary to provide for their families and dramatically improve the future for themselves, their children, and their community.

How will this project solve this problem?

ETC will provide women with micro loans, literacy classes, numeracy and record-keeping instruction, agriculture training and supplies, husbandry training (goats, buffalo, cows and chickens), and small business/retail training (tea shops, inns, etc.).

Potential Long Term Impact

The project will directly benefit 832 Nepalese women (and as many as 4,000 family members) allowing them to break the cycle of extreme poverty and malnutrition, gain a sense of self-worth and provide for their families' health and well-being.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $42,921

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $42,921 .  The original project funding goal was $42,500.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Lisa Lyons

Executive Director
Ithaca, NY United States

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