Dolakha women's group member
Dear Global Giving Donor:
Happy 2012! I am writing today for two reasons.
First, I want to introduce myself as the new U.S. Director of Educate the Children. I am very pleased to have joined such a dynamic agency, doing such effective and important work.
Second, I want to thank you very much for supporting this project. More than 850 women in 42 women's groups are developing the important basic skills, such as literacy and numeracy, that most would otherwise not have had the opportunity to develop. You and I take these skills for granted as basic human rights, but in many areas of the world - including rural Nepal - they are still, in effect, privileges. Yet they are crucial to these women's ability to contribute to the financial support of their families.
Less easily measurable than reading and math skills, but no less important, is these women's increased sense of self-worth and empowerment. For example, Shrijana Thami was an agricultural day laborer earning about 700 rupees per year - that's only about $10 U.S., which is very low even according to the usual standard of living in rural Nepal. She joined an ETC women's group, learned basic reading and math skills, borrowed funds from her women's group's microcredit fund, and started her own goat farm. Her business flourished and she has recently purchased additional goats, and has participated in ETC-sponsored livestock management training. She now earns more than four times her previous annual income, which means that all of her children can attend school and her family's health and well-being have been increased significantly. She takes pride in her achievements and abilities. She says, "I now have hope for my family’s future and a better life for all those in my community.”
Your support has ensured Shrijana's success and that of hundreds of other women in rural Nepal. We thank you again.