I am Sunita Basnet from Nepal. I’m 24 years old. In a of couple weeks, I will contribute my opinions to One Young World on WHYS. I am thrilled to be a delegate from Nepal. I grew up in a gender discriminated community where girls are generally, as compared to their counterparts, deprived of many of the opportunities and rights.
When I was studying in class 10, Rudra Katwal passed away due to gender discrimination. Rudra was the breadwinner of his family but later wasted his money on alcoholic drinks. When Rudra was sick, his wife pleaded for money door to door to save him but it was a pity that no one believed her. Her begging was ignored only because she was a woman. Moreover, women weren’t allowed to participate in community development.
Witnessing this situation, when I was in class 12, I took an initiative to form a women’s group. I founded a women’s saving club with ten of our members collecting Rs. 10 (equals to $ 0.14) per month. In the beginning, I had to wait hours and hours to coordinate an hour meeting.
Currently, every family is a member of our club. We have more than Rs. 100,000 in our balance. However, we provide loans only to our members because we want to encourage all women to join our group and help them to save their money for their future. Our members don’t have to risk their property to take loans from our club. However, til today we are arranging meetings under an open sky and we want to register our club with Women Saving and Credit Cooperative Limited. This limited group will be run by women with the help of men.
Besides saving money, they speak out against inequality. This is an effective way to empower women and help in the development and prosperity of underdeveloped or developing countries. Until and unless the woman is economical sustainable, gender equity is impossible not only in Nepal but also in every corner of the world. I have started WSC because I don’t want the current and future generations to suffer.
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