Archive for the ‘economic empowerment’ Category

READ Nepal: Bringing healthy foods to market

This is the second of a four-part guest blogger series from MBAs Without Borders‘ Kathryn Svobodny on her 5-month advisory experience with READ Global. Click here to read the first post. During my first week in Nepal as an MBAs Without Borders Advisor for READ Global, I conducted a number of site visits in the […]

To rise out of poverty Asian women head to the library

This article was featured in The Christian Science Monitor, and originally appeared at Global Envision, a blog published by Mercy Corps. “Being born a girl is worthless,” said Chuna Devi, a Nepalese woman. Because her family didn’t think her education was a priority, she grew up illiterate, herding goats and cows. Women make up just […]

10 ways to empower women

1  Create a safe space: Women in South Asia often have nowhere to gather with other women and talk about issues like gender equity, women’s rights, or health. READ Centers provide a safe, trusted space for women to gather and learn. “The Center is a safe place for women, and we don’t really need approval […]

Reaching out to Rural Entrepreneurs

This is the first of a four-part guest blogger series from MBAs Without Borders‘ Kathryn Svobodny on her 5-month advisory experience with READ Global. Imagine that you are an entrepreneur with a high quality, in-demand product, but you can only sell your products to your neighbors. You live in a rural village with poor roads, […]

Meet Barsa – “The Library has Become my Hands”

Barsa Silwal is a 39-year-old widowed mother of two from Chitwan, Nepal. When her husband passed away, she struggled to provide food and shelter for her son and daughter. Her single status left her ostracized in her community, and her husband’s family wouldn’t support her because she is a member of a different caste. As […]

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