Free Bonded Nepali Girls

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
Nov 18, 2013

Cooperative ventures

Bandhiya started a successful tailoring business
Bandhiya started a successful tailoring business

As the freed Kamlaris finish school or vocational training, an increasing number of the girls are joining cooperatives to start their own businesses.

Last year, 65 members of different cooperatives obtained low-interest loans from a fund of $19,254 provided by Nepal Youth Foundation to start businesses in poultry, fishing, retail, carpentry, auto repair and vegetable farming.

We also registered 15 new cooperatives last year and now operate 32 different cooperative ventures.

Since 2000, we have freed more than 12,000 girls from indentured servitude, and we now must work to empower them through vocational training, leadership development and economic opportunities. The cooperatives are a good way to build community and provide the financial resources the girls need to become independent.

A former Kamlari, Bandhiya trained as a seamstress and borrowed money from a cooperative to start her own tailoring business. She has hired five girls and now runs a profitable business.

Thank you for your generosity. Your support has helped young women like Bandhiya make the transition from a household servant to a successful business owner. Namaste.


A co-op member took out a loan for pig farming
A co-op member took out a loan for pig farming



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Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
James McIntosh
Sausalito, CA United States
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