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Women's Community Group

Women's Community Group



Women working together can do amazing things! Women's community groups, or Self-Help Groups, encourage women to bring about change in their own lives and in their communities. Groups connect women and support them to meet regularly, encourage each other, save money and learn new skills, which they can use to create an income.

How your gift helps

In many regions facing poverty around the world, women are often some of the most marginalised members of the community. And so when women are empowered, included and listened to, powerful change can take place! TEAR's partner Welfare Association for Children Tikapur (WACT) is dedicated to empowering disadvantaged and marginalised members of the community, and one of the most fruitful ways they do this is through forming Women's Self-Help Groups.

These women in Narayanpur, Nepal, are participating in a 3-month sewing training course, made possible through a collection of Self-Help Groups who joined together to form a women’s network. The network won the respect of the local government and were given responsibility for a significant amount of funding, some of which they are using to support 23 women to participate in sewing training. Many of these women are very poor, and this training will provide them with skills and confidence to explore new opportunities for sustainable income generation.

Through forming Self-Help Groups and networks, women have access to support and training not just in livelihood skills, but also in agriculture, health and nutrition, human rights and education. When initiatives like this are driven by local women themselves, it creates meaningful and lasting transformation in individuals, families and the wider community. Self-Help Groups set up and trained by WACT have grown to involve over 5000 women, leading to hope and fullness of life for people on the margins.

About our partner

Welfare Association for Children, Tikapur (WACT) was started in 1992 by one of the earliest Christian leaders in Tikapur, far western Nepal, as a practical response to the poverty that existed in the local community. WACT's mission is to "share the love of God by reaching out to marginalised and disadvantaged communities and facilitating a process of empowerment to enable them to sustainably respond to their needs". TEAR is supporting WACT's work to empower women facing poverty through forming Self-Help Groups. There are currently over 5,000 women involved in these groups, which take action to improve the health and livelihoods of their families and communities.

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