Food Relief for 30 Women in the My Business My Freedom Program
Since the lockdown was implemented in Nepal due to the pandemic, many people have not been able to work. This includes the women beneficiaries of the My Business – My Freedom Program.
Our on-the-ground partner, 3 Angels Nepal, have been reaching out to these women through phone to check up on them and see if anyone is in dire need. True enough, they found 30 of them who were really struggling to feed their children.
The team then gathered supplies to be distributed to the women. The relief package contained a month’s supply of food staples – a sack of rice, 3 kilos of dal, 1 liter of cooking oil, a pack of salt, 2 kilos of soybeans and 2 kilos of lentils. We hope that through this food supply, their families will be able to get by during this time.
Despite the difficulty, seeing the smiles on their faces after receiving the relief packs gives us hope and even more motivation to support each other through this crisis.
WILL YOU HELP US HELP THEM?
Nepal is one of the many countries struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing a lockdown and putting many off work. 3 Angels Nepal, our on-the-ground partner, continue to provide assistance to hundreds of microfinance clients by suspending loan repayments, providing phone support and food assistance amidst the pandemic.
You can join us in helping poverty-stricken families recover from this crisis through microfinance small businesses. Click on the links below to know more about the My Business My Freedom project, or to send through your support.
Women Entrepreneurs Affected during Nepal Lockdown
Anjana, 30, is married and has 2 children. Because she married at an early age of 16 with neither her or her husband having any source of income, their parents refused to support them. She felt the need to work or start her own business, but she had no means of funding. To support the family, Anjana’s husband started working at a cobbler’s place. There he earned about NPR 6,000 (AUD 65) per month, which was barely enough to provide for their rent and other basic needs. They struggled financially.
Suma Pun (28) lives with her husband and child. Her husband is 60 years old and unable to support his family. Suma joined the My Business My Freedom and with her first microloan, purchased a sewing machine to make clothes to sell.
Yam Rana was married 13 years ago and has a daughter and a son. She and her husband struggled to provide for their family which meant they could not send their children to school. She heard about the My Business My Freedom Program and attended an orientation session. This was an opportunity she knew would help her to grow an income and be able to give her children an education.
Single Mom Changing the World for Herself and Her Daughter
Kamala did not have the opportunity to attend school due to poor economic conditions. Her family struggled even just ensuring they ate at least a meal a day. She got married at the age of fifteen with a man more than half of her age, and who was alcoholic and abusive. Her husband left her after she gave birth to her baby girl. Being a young single mother, she had to do work hard just so she can support her daughter.