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Nurturing weaving skills based on natural fibers: a way towards women empowerment

On 25 April, 2015, a powerful earthquake measured 7.3 in Richter scale struck with its epicenter at remote village of Gorkha districts with disastrous tremors felt throughout the country. Villages and small towns in Sindhupalchowk have been totally flattened. The death toll has reached 3570 people out of which 1507 are male and 2063 are female (DRR Portal 2016). In the post earthquake scenario, relief efforts in Sindhupalchowk, have mainly focused on short term immediate relief activities whereas ignored larger longer term sustainable development initiatives, including reconstruction and rehabilitation.

Community based women cottage enterprise is one of the most sustainable ways in which these women can contribute in meeting basic needs of their families. The rural areas in Nepal use several natural plant fiber based utility products in the form of carpets, furniture, mats and traditional agricultural products like Doko, Mandro, Gundri etc. The indigenous skill of weaving these products is often passed from one generation to another, especially from mothers to daughters. These skills can be enhanced and improved to utilize the naturally available natural plant fibers (eg. Pine needles, corn husks) on one hand as well as generate sustainable income on the other hand. These traditional products are in high demand and can be marketed easily to meet the daily needs of the family members.

NRDC in partnership with Powerful Hands, a local organization based in the region, has already conducted one skill training imparting weaving skills to seventeen women of Nursery settlement. A functional group of women have been formed to utilize pine leaves in making basketry.

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