A Future of Freedom begins for 66 Women

The new 3AN/Captivating program called My Business-My Freedom has launched in Pokhara, Nepal. We are so excited to share with you that 66 women have, so far, begun the process to starting their own business. This will provide a steady income for these women and give them security to one day become truly independent and self-sustainable. Within 12 months, over 200 women will be part of this life-changing program.

So, why start this new program? Most of these women are single and have little to no income. In a place like Nepal, this leaves them highly susceptible to trafficking. Desperate for income and a future, they will easily believe the lies told to them about the prosperity and opportunity in other parts of the world. It’s many women just like these that, every year, become victims of trafficking. In fact, an estimated 15,000 – 20,000 will be trafficked in 2017. Most of these women will be lost to their families forever.

Among this group are Dalit women. Dalit people are the lowest in Nepali society and are seen as ‘untouchables’. Women in this caste are often left vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment .

Training has now begun, teaching these women how to run and grow a successful business, how to budget, and importantly, how to save money. Tailoring, poultry farming, vegetable farming and a variety of other small businesses are just some of the opportunities that await these 66 women. Groups are formed to provide support, encouragement and problem solving, and women will eventually receive a small repayable loan to commence their new businesses. 

We look forward to bringing you semi-regular updates on how this program impacts the lives of these vulnerable women in the months and years ahead. Be sure to checkout our dedicated website page on how to get engaged with what we think is an incredibly trans formative program.

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Getting her Shop Back on its Feet

Uma Maya has been part of the My Business My Freedom Program in Nepal since the lockdown ended. She was about to close her snack and vegetable shop after she ran out of resources to add goods. She appreciates the program for helping her be able to fill her shop back up with needed supplies. Uma...




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A New Start for Asha and her Son

“I got my hope back after I met My Business My Freedom”, says Asha.




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Road to Financial Freedom

The My Business-My Freedom (MBMF) program in Nepal continues to expand! Our team has connected with some of our Women Safe Haven graduate beneficiaries and formed a group. These women are now back in their communities and want to expand their tailoring business and have agreed to be in group. They learned the skill of tailoring during...




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Laxmi's Tomatoes

 

Laxmi was married at the age of 19. Now 40, she lives in Pokhara and has a son and a daughter. Her husband is a driver but is not able to earn enough to be able to sustain their family financially.

They were in financial strife and when Laxmi heard about the...




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MBMF Continues to Grow

One of our programs in Nepal continues to grow in number. My Business My Freedom or MBMF aims to address extreme poverty by providing women who are most at risk of becoming victims or have been rescued from human trafficking, with microloans to start a small business.

By allowing them to...




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Shanti's Children Are Back in School

Shanti was married at an early age. Her husband works as a daily waged laborer and his minimal pay is not sufficient to provide for the family and the schooling of their children. Because of this, their daughter stopped going to school.