The Jeevan Project: Empowering marginalised women in Nepal
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In 2016 our three-year 'Jeevan' project was successfully completed.
- 59% of households had never attended school and were illiterate.
- 70% had less than 10 kattha of land (338 sq m) – not enough land to feed a family all year.
- 72% were not able to produce enough food from the land to last them all year and as a result were forced to go hungry or swap food for labour.
- 23 children under the age of 15 years were found to be participating in agricultural labour to supplement the household income.
- We provided training in sustainable agriculture and helped to appoint ‘Lead Farmers’ to share their knowledge with others in the area.
- We established Women’s Groups and helped them to run village savings schemes.
- We provided training to help women set up small businesses such as: poultry and fish farming, bee keeping, leaf plate making, bamboo handicrafts and soap making.
- We set up community forums where men and women could learn about government services and schemes, such as education, healthcare and employment benefits.