Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen, with the support from Chance for Nepal (UK), have been helping with skills development training through the Women’s Cooperative Society (WCS) for the past nine years.
There are four days training package designed by WCS and provide day to day practical knowledge about different topics of farming like how to make compost, how to preserve seeds, how to make organic compost, marketing and more.
WCS provides in depth skills training to its members. The micro finance program empowers women and lifts the living standards of underprivileged women. They achieve this by providing low cost loans to its members with minimum interest.
Some of the trainees said: “We used to just plugged into the daily task of harvest, sales, and none of the planning of how to make it all come together. The Training Program locked in our understanding of all of those things because of those specific training in planning and the more intellectual sides of farming”.
Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen believes we should promote women’s status in the society. In nepali culture, women farmers are more likely to be responsible for food crops for domestic consumption and less likely than men to own land and have collateral for credit. The food crops raised by women have not generally been a priority. In our society, women are mainly concerned with household responsibilities. The fact is that a growing number of rural households are headed by women and that even where men are household heads, they may not transfer information to women, sometimes because it is not relevant to the agricultural work that women are doing.
We believe we should empower women and our training will benefit these rural women to sustain their life without depending on male.