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Sita Poudel received two goats from Heifer International in 1993. The goats and training made such a difference that she has dedicated her time to helping other women transform their own lives ever since. Inspired by Heifer and a fervent desire to help others, Poudel started the Women’s Group Coordination Committee, her own nongovernmental organization, in Chitwan, Nepal. Today, nearly 500 women’s farming groups benefit from its work.

Members of the Women’s Group Coordination Committee teach new members practical methods for raising livestock and operating businesses–the same things Poudel learned from Heifer two decades ago. This neighbor-training-neighbor approach has been quite effective. Since they already know each other and speak a common language, the lessons are easily understood and immediately implemented. The result? Wildly successful women-led farming businesses that ultimately benefit entire communities. 

Sita Poudel on empowering women in Nepal.


Heifer International

Heifer International is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization working with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.