Income Generation & MarketingProgram Fees
Introduction: VIN’s Income Generation & Marketing project was implemented to support the women of marginalised communities to generate sustainable income through agricultural and non-agricultural ventures.
Nepal is one of the world’s poorest nations. While it is estimated that 40% of its women are economically active, their roles as manual labourers are disregarded. Access to education is limited by poverty and gender discrimination, meaning women are confined to menial jobs within subsistence farming and without knowledge and credit, it is difficult to change their situation by engaging in a productive income generation & marketing project. Traditionally, in Nepali culture, women are left exclusively to do the work; both in the house, caring for the family and on the agricultural work, to feed them. Due to the low level of technology available in rural communities the agricultural work is labour-intensive. Furthermore, they are not paid. They will be fortunate if the yield from the farming will feed their family. For some, it won’t.
The women remain trapped beneath this burden and the social and cultural barriers that exist in Nepal and, unsurprisingly, they have little self-confidence.
Through the women’s groups, VIN provides a variety of training designed to help the women learn the skills they need to change their economic situation.
Among the list of training VIN has provided are Entrepreneurship Skills, Seasonal and Off Season Vegetable Farming, Basic Livestock Management, Account Keeping, Mushroom cultivation, and sweing and embroidery classes.
VIN has been working with the Jitpur Phedi community since 2007. During this time 65 women’s groups have been formed, ensuring a sustainable source of support for the women. VIN staff, with the support of local and international volunteers, have worked with the groups to provide training to help transform their subsistence agriculture into commercial products. Training in non-agricultural ventures has also been given, such as candle making, incense production and dry food production.
Our work in Jitpur Phedi is well-established and is helping increasing numbers of women and we look forward to achieving our objectives of increased sustainable income and ultimate independence for the women’s groups and the community. We are now looking forward to establishing this and the complete Women’s Empowerment Program in Okhaldhunga, our new focus community.
Volunteer Opportunities: VIN is seeking volunteers to continue to support the Income Generation & Marketing Project, help VIN staff to train the women, work with them on their farms, explore possible markets for the women’s products and research and document case studies on programs and success stories.
Accommodations: During the volunteer placement you will live in the community with a local host family, offering you the chance to become immersed in Nepali culture and language.