Women Training Center, Terai

Local Women’s Handicraft

Local Women’s Handicraft (LWH) Is a fair trade textiles and handicrafts collective in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since the creation in 2008 by Nasreen Sheikh, LWHNepal created jobs for women living a marginalised life filled with exploitation and abuse.

Each woman participating in women training center terai, undergoes a training programme of 6, 12 or 18 months. Women have a choice which skills they want to pursue. These skills are, but not limited to: Design, sewing, weaving, embroidery, knitting, jewels and pattern work.

During the training, each woman receives a basic income. When training is complete, the women have a choice to continue working in our workshop with which they receive fair pay and employment. Or the women have the opportunity to implement a business plan and open their own social enterprise using a microcredit.

We believe that women who have access to worthy jobs, social entrepreneurship and roles in the economic sector, are changing their children’s lives, families and communities. By our committed and passionate team, LWHNepal has build a safe community who trained hundreds of women. At present, 40 women are working and we are constantly working on growing. With these new skills, a basic income and a safe community, our women are strengthened to make sure that self – worth and progress is in their lives. This makes a positive social and environmental impact and creates a sustainable life.

Local Women’s Handicrafts vision is:

  • Enlargement of the entrepreneurs emancipation model of women in one of the poorest regions of the world for economic sustainability.
  • Establishment of an Social Business partnership with other local Nepalese entrepreneurs.
  • Disseminate anti – sweatshop awareness and education of consumers on fair trade principles.
  • Empower 10,000 marginalized women for 2025.

Women in Nepal

On the basis of the 2011 census, 46.7% of women in Nepal have a low literacy, a percentage significantly lower than with men (71%). Women are largely involved in unpaid work, such as agriculture work that does not receive recognition for their contribution in the economic benefits of the family. In Nepal, only 19% of women have ownership over property and less then 25% is the head of household.

A daughter, according to the law, can not claim the property of her father and women have no right to property of their husband. Women are social – disadvantaged by economic and legal restrictions.

Driven by poverty, child marriages are an everyday practice in many places in Nepal. Nepal is referred on the list of the top 10 countries with the highest child marriages. Children’marriages often lead to women having  children at a very young age with many health risks. Child widows are very common. These widows are seen as witches and bring misfortune. Remarriage, specific nutrition, family affairs, looking men in the eye, and even leave the house is not allowed.

There is also a high percentage of violence based on gender in Nepal, about 51.9% of the Nepali women reported to be victim of any kind of violence. Of these, 46.2% have been a victim of sexual abuse.

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