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The Women's Development Center Build

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The Women's Development Center Build

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100% of donations

given on this page will go towards the building of a

office, meeting hall, & skill development center

for the Women's Microfinance Cooperative of our district.


empowering Nepalese women to provide for their families beyond the rice field 

 

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about the project


About the Project

about the project


About the Project

In collaboration with Back to Earth, an organization specializing in earthen building, we will be building a rammed earth office with an additional skill training center for the local women's financial cooperative. The group currently functions as a micro-finance cooperative with approximately 730 members from various households in the Nawalpur district. 

In response to the need for long-term work opportunities, PLAN International has donated 15 sewing machines to The Women's Cooperative. The group recently purchased a piece of property with the intention of building a space for women to learn marketable skills which will enable them to provide for their families beyond the rice fields. We are fundraising to bring this dream into fruition. Ideally we would like to build a two-story structure out of rammed earth, an ancient building method which is simple to construct with local materials, affordable, strong, and durable. Rammed earth walls are constructed by compressing clay, sand, and gravel manually with a tamper in a sturdy wooden frame. The first story will consist of an office and meeting hall, whereas the second will act as the skill training center for the women of the Nawalpur district. We will begin construction when Back to Earth founders, Maya and Nitzan, return to Takure this fall.

We would like to thank architects: Oliver Atwood, Satwika Taduir, and Fred Dolmans for designing what will become a beautiful demonstration and resource for this community.

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the method


Why Rammed Earth?

the method


Why Rammed Earth?

coming soon...

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what it mean


What it Means to Support the Cooperative

what it mean


What it Means to Support the Cooperative

How They Work

Outside of Kathmandu, in the rolling hills covered in rice fields there are no banks. Since the early 1990's, several organizations have been working to organize women in small villages to form micro-finance cooperatives. A woman from each family has the opportunity to represent their family by paying a monthly due of 100 rupees (1 USD) per month. Membership qualifies them to apply for loans anywhere from 5,000 to 50,000 rupees. Most families in our area are practicing agriculturists whose work simply provides enough for basic necessities. These loans allow opportunities to invest in livestock, keep their families dry and safe during monsoon, or manage a medical emergency.

The Impact each Women's Co-op has:

Savings and loan programs greatly reduce poverty in rural Nepal.

Empower women economically, emotionally, and socially.

Increase women's level of decision making in their household.

Decrease violence against women and children,

namely: trafficking, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and superstition.