An ETC women's group in Dolakha
Educate the Children (ETC) has met - and even slightly surpassed - our goal of raising $42,500 to help impoverished women in rural Nepal to start their own small businesses.
We are delighted to report that, because of you and your support, 800 or more women have already taken out microloans to enable them to start or expand their businesses. We anticipate that, before the end of our program year on June 30, the total number of women will grow to more than the 832 we had anticipated. The extra few hundred dollars we raised, over and above the goal amount, will help ensure that all women who wish to take out loans will be able to do so.
As I've mentioned in previous reports, most of these businesses are agricultural in nature. Goat and chicken farms are especially popular, because they provide nutritious milk and eggs as well as meat; however, the costs of buying the animals, creating proper housing for them, and feeding them would be too high for the women to afford without the support of people like you and organizations like ETC. Fruit, vegetable, and flower farms are also popular. Some women have chosen to start small retail and hospitality establishments, such as tea shops, craft businesses, and even inns.
All of the women have worked very hard to make their businesses thrive. They are proud of their achievements and of their ability to support their families, and we are proud of them too.
We hope that you are as pleased as we are with the success of our project to help women start their own businesses - we truly could not have done it without you!
If you are interested in learning more about what we do, and willing to consider supporting another of our effective and important programs, please click on the links below to read about our Sustainable Agriculture activities - and particularly our Agriculture in Schools program! These are part of our integrated approach to improving the quality of life in rural Nepal, where food insecurity and malnutrition are sadly common.
All of us at ETC offer you our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2013!