We envision a society where women also take a leading role in their communities and there is no gender discrimination. All the decision-making responsibilities will be shared equally by women and men at all levels. WACN believe that women are economically empowered only when they are able to access the facilities provided by the government and other agencies. WACN advocates the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence in order to ensure the rights of women.
We believe that a focus on poverty alleviation will be the most effective measure in empowering disadvantaged people especially women. We have designed an economic model that brings women into leadership roles. Our savings and credit groups and cooperatives, Integrated Pest Mangement (IPM) groups and community based development activities enable women to address their strategic needs, become financially secure, enter the decision-making processes of their households, and, overall, become more active in their community. Our success lies in the fact that where we were once initiating development work, women’s groups are now using our methods to execute their own development activities. WACN’s cost-effective poverty reduction programs can be replicated throughout the developing world.
We must now meet the demands of women’s groups scattered across Nepal that have approached WACN for support in developing their local organizations. Training is crucial. After women receive training, they more fully utilize the savings and credit line available to them, becoming empowered in the process. At present (2017), WACN has 41 women’s cooperatives and 26 IPM groups consisting of more than 40,000 members. WACN has generated more than $4 million in women’s savings and investments. We primarily serve four districts of Nepal: the VDCs of Kavre, Chitwon, Makwanpur and Kathmandu. We also provide training and support to women in other districts. Currently, WACN advocates for the strengthening of existing women’s groups, a better allocation of government resources, and a more effective implementation of legal rights already granted to women.
WACN has been able to work in a sustainable way through the determination and commitment of board members, staff, and volunteers. We are also thankful for external funding from our working partners. International Development Exchange (IDEX) Thousand Currents, Match International Fund, World Education Nepal, Go Campaign and Global Fund for Women. More long-term support is needed to sufficiently prepare the community for a successful handover of leadership and continuation of goals from women’s empowerment campaign.