FWEAN expands reach to Jumla, empowering rural women through entrepreneurship

Published On: December 30, 2023 05:19 PM NPT By: Golden Buda

JUMLA, Dec 30: The Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Associations of Nepal (FWEAN) has taken a significant step towards empowering women in rural areas by establishing its presence in Jumla. The primary objective is to foster economic empowerment among women and encourage their participation in entrepreneurship.

In pursuit of this goal, the FWEAN with support of the CIPE conducted a comprehensive four-day training program on entrepreneurship in Jumla, concurrentlyo with the formation of a local union. Shova Gyawali, the Central President of FWEAN, underscored the importance of women's involvement in the state's economy. She stated, "The federation's mission is to empower women economically across the nation."

President Gyawali emphasised the need to transform women traditionally confined to domestic roles into entrepreneurs. She pointed out the positive trend of increasing women's participation in key economic sectors such as agriculture, industry, tourism, professions, and foreign employment.

Under President Gyawali's leadership and with the support of Raju Singh Kathayat, the Mayor of Chandannath Municipality in Jumla, FWEAN successfully expanded its association in the district. 

President Gyawali announced plans for the formation of FWEAN branches in all districts, highlighting the ongoing expansion. Currently, more than 5,250 women entrepreneurs are directly affiliated with the Federation, with an indirect impact on over 50,000 women. FWEAN serves as an umbrella organisation for small and medium entrepreneurs.

President Gyawali outlined the FWEAN's commitment to facilitating the sale and distribution of women-produced products. She emphasised the crucial role of local levels in promoting business activities and encouraged their active participation.

Raju Singh Kathayat, the Chief Guest and Mayor of Chandannath Municipality, expressed gratitude to FWEAN for complementing the local government's initiatives. He pledged full support and cooperation from the local level in the future.

Sushmita Khatri, a participant, shared her relief and described the four-day entrepreneurship training as a guiding light for women entrepreneurs. The program covered various aspects, including the use of digital technology for product marketing and packaging.

President Gyawali stressed the essential role of entrepreneurs in economic development, noting that women are increasingly recognizing the independence and economic contribution that entrepreneurship can bring. She called for consistent encouragement from families, society, and the government for women actively engaged in entrepreneurship.


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