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Microcredit Cooperative Support

Program Fees Microcredit Cooperative Support

Financially deprived women do not have basic funds for investment; consequently, they have less chance of generating further income.  VIN’s Microcredit Cooperative Support Project is one of the most important initiatives within our Women’s Empowerment Program for promoting economic empowerment among community women.   We seek committed volunteer or interns to support the initiative and the over 500 women who have become a part of it.

While it is estimated that 40% of Nepali women are engaged in economic work, their roles as mentors and labourers are not recognised.  Often denied an education and ownership of property, they remain confined in menial jobs within agriculture.  They cannot change their circumstances without access to credit or training.

VIN’s overall aim is the empowerment of marginalised communities with a focus on women and children.  Since 2007 VIN has worked with Jitpur Phedi community, empowering the women by supplying economic tools.  Three years ago, VIN established Jitpur Phedi Agricultural Women Cooperative Limited, which has now benefitted over 500 women offering a service of saving and credit.  They are also encourage to join the local agricultural office to buy products such as fertilisers and seeds at a subsidised rate.  VIN’s ultimate aim is for the microcredit cooperative to run autonomously within the community.

VIN is seeking volunteers to support the continued work of the microcredit cooperative and to help drive it toward autonomy.  You will do this by helping to train staff and board members, assisting the microcredit cooperative in developing financial strength, educating and empowering the board members to take over the cooperative and helping the board to locate and pursue networking opportunities.  You will usually work six days a week, four or five hours each day.

During your volunteer placement you will live in the community with a Nepali host family, offering you the chance to become immersed in Nepali culture and language.

Your Experience

You will work six days a week, up to six hours per day.

Throughout your placement you will have the full support of VIN.  Your safety is our highest priority.  On arrival you will be greeted at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transported to your hotel (alternative arrangements can be made for those already in Nepal prior to the start of their placement).  You will then receive a comprehensive three-day induction, during which time you will be provided with information about your particular placement as well as general information, including basic Nepalese language and culture.  This is also a good time to mix with other volunteers or interns who may be great sight-seeing companions and a source of support during your volunteer placement.

During the induction you will be accommodated in a hotel.  However, a large part of the VIN experience comes from the immersion of a home stay with a Nepalese host family.  While this is an essential part of the experience we also recognise that it can be a challenging one, becoming part of a new culture and becoming accustomed to facilities that will be more basic than those you are used to.  However, all our host families are experienced in accommodating volunteers – although their ability to speak English will vary – and you will have 24 hour access to contact and support from our staff members during your placement.

 

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