Most people know that some ladies who come to Samunnat Nepal learn to make jewellery with polymer clay. This is just a small group! Our ladies do lots of different trainings! With our support, some of our ladies go to Kathmandu where we work with Apeiron Nepal. These ladies might do bakery training, sewing training, hospitality training or even Montessori teacher training. One of our ladies who went to Kathmandu is Durga. She now runs her own tailoring business and a training school to teach basic sewing skills! She has a printed sign which tells everyone that this is Samunnat Nepal’s Ladies’ Tailors Training School!
More locally, our ladies can learn mobile phone repairs, beauty parlour therapists and accountants. In Ganga, Sita* and Muna are at Neeldavid’s Beauty Parlour training for two months and then hope to return to their smaller villages to earn some income doing beauty parlour.
We try to help the ladies do training they are interested in and always ask how sustainable this will be. Sometimes we do the training ourselves and sometimes be buy training. Sometimes people want us to buy their expensive training courses for our ladies but there is no guarantee of jobs and people don’t think about whether or not there is an oversupply. The money is just for the trainer and organisation providing the training but it might not help US. We have to always be thinking of this and evaluating offers about training. We want to give the women skills so they will be competitive even with the men. Our goal is that they don’t have to wait fro the men to offer the jobs but can create their own and be entrepreneurs! Soon we will tell you the story of Normal who is almost finished her training in Kathmandu. With the help of a loan form the Cooperative, the is courageously starting her own business. It all works together!!