Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an unemployment rate of 42%. To survive many girls are lured into the sex trade. Every year approximately 10,000 girls from ages 9 to 16 are sold, stolen, or forced into brothels.
Kabita Gurung was brought to Kathmandu to live with her aging grandmother, and her circumstances put her at risk for entering the sex trade. Instead, thanks to sustainable business she and others have been given an opportunity to earn a fair wage by making hand-crafts. This keeps many young women from entering and continuing in the sex trade. This group also assists poor and disadvantaged women and promotes entrepreneurship!
This fair trade group was established to empower disadvantaged women in Nepal. They teach entrepreneurship, health training, and gender issues directly impacting the empowerment of women.
The future for the rural women of Nepal is far from promising. The majority of the country's overworked women are uneducated and under privileged. They sorely lack self-confidence and, due to the attitude of the society, do not consider themselves equal with men. They carry the weight of the caste system, the pressure of the dowry system, and the guilt of being a burden to their family. But this fair trade group is changing these attitudes and teaching women to have value and worth through their unique skills!