Many women in Nepal experience poverty, hunger, discrimination and isolation. INF Australia partners with grassroots Nepali organisations to bring security, dignity and hope.
Lilawati never received an education and was married at fourteen. In her tiny mud home in Nepal’s south-west, she gave birth to her first child when she was just sixteen years old. Since then, Lilawati has experienced isolation and discrimination, facing social pressure to stay at home.
Although she was initially reluctant, Lilawati joined a Self-Help Group established by Milap [one of INF Australia’s partner organisations in Nepal] and began learning vital information and skills relating to health, hygiene, nutrition and her rights.
She grew in confidence and eventually shared with the group that, because she was poor and her home had no running water, she had been humiliated and even beaten by neighbours and relatives when she went to draw water from their handpumps.
Milap worked with the community to install a handpump outside her home, transforming life for Lilawati and her family. Buoyed with greater confidence, Lilawati even took a loan from the group savings and bought an autorickshaw, a form of cheap, local transport. She now makes a regular wage from transporting passengers in her autorickshaw and is supporting her family.
She is grateful for the help she has received, “They showed me the way and brought change in my life and in my family.”
INF and our partners work across Nepal, supporting thousands of people in Self-Help Groups who come together to learn, share resources, plan and advocate for change that benefits everyone. We are passionate about the transformation this brings about for women like Lilawati, their families and communities.
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