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BPW Nepal Projects

Poverty reduction through Socio-economic Activities Project :

The three years project (2007 – 2010) funded by Leger Foundation, Canada is being implemented in two districts of Nepal - Parsa (Birgunj) and Morang (Biratnagar). It includes women literacy, skill training, social/legal/human rights and small business development trainings. These trained women are able to carry on saving /credit practices and establish cooperative at the end of the program. The first phase of the project (2002 – 2006) has already been successfully completed in three Village Development Committees of districts – Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The project was continued in 2011 with special focus on development of female youths as electro/mechanical service providers through various non-traditional skills training and social/legal awareness trainings.

Business Service Center (BSC) Project :

Four Years project (2008–2012) with technical assistance of the Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS) and co-financed by the European Union (EU). The aim of the project is to enhance women’s active role in the labour market through upgrading of existing micro enterprise run by women into more viable, self-sustainable and growth - oriented businesses and through creation of new ones. It acts as a counseling / training / business development center to support women led subsistence income generating activities. It has five working areas viz Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur, and Nuwakot Districts.

Micro-credit for women Project :

It is implemented through the Chapters. The micro-credit program trains women in saving/credit utilization and mobilization of their own saving and loan. BPW Nepal Chapters work as financial and social intermediaries by providing small loans by forming cooperatives. The low income group women have been running small enterprises by taking loans.