What does empowering women look like in a Heifer project?
Look no further than the self-help group in the village of Khayarmara, Nepal.
About two years ago, the women in Khayarmara heard their local government had committed about $5,200 to the village's Heifer project. They were excited to put the funds into their group savings—an account self-help groups use to loan money for things like small business loans or home improvements. But five months after the promise of money was given, they had not seen one rupee.
Outraged, a group of women self-help group leaders came together and sent a delegation to the next government committee meeting. They waited for the meeting to adjourn. When the committee members stepped outside, the women would not allow them to pass, demanding to know where their funding had gone.
Not only did they demand an accounting, they demanded to know how the committee was spending the entire budget. If no account was made available, they said, they would launch their own investigation into the matter. Under pressure, the committee relented.
These women did this of their own volition. They credited their motivation to Heifer's trainings on gender equity and the other 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development. So, it's true. When women come together, entire communities stand to benefit. Are these the strong women you identify with?
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