We are raising funds for the “Lily’s Leaves” social enterprise in Kathmandu that is empowering women through providing residential vocational training and employment in tailoring and silver jewellery to vulnerable young women from rural communities and to deaf women.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 June 2021 to 12:00 PM, 5 July 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1159770)
a. Deaf Women from marginalised rural communities in south Nepal. In a very patriarchal society, they have few options in life beyond child marriage and a continuation of the cycle of poverty. Such women are at risk of gender-based violence and trafficking. b. Employment opportunities for able-bodied people are very limited in Nepal; for deaf people they are non-existent. They also experience extreme stigmatisation, nicknamed “lato” – “stupid”. They remain at the margins of society.
Through a new social enterprise in Kathmandu, Lily’s Leaves, we empower women through residential training in vocational skills that lead to a gainful income or formal employment. Current skills are in tailoring and silver jewellery manufacture, although in future (post-COVID) we will develop forest products such as natural fibres, leaves and essential oils. In parallel, we operate a workshop that manufactures goods for sale, contributing towards the sustainability of the enterprise.
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