WHO WE ARE

Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association Nepal (FWEAN) is an apex body of Women Entrepreneurs Associations in Nepal. It was established in July 11, 2003: with a Vision to contribute to nation building through socio-economic empowerment of women and a Mission to promote women entrepreneurship through advocacy, networking, information dissemination, capacity building and promotion of women entrepreneurs throughout the country.

FWEAN works in 4 thematic areas namely:

  1. Advocacy and lobby with the government and related organization on issues related to the woman’s economic empowerment
  2. Creation and promotion of entrepreneurship in rural and urban areas
  3. Establishment and promotion of WEAN Chapters in 75 districts of Nepal
  4. Promotion and empowerment of its members through various programs

     

In the area of Advocacy and Lobbing, FWEAN has been holding National Consultation Workshops every year to identify the issues related to woman’s economic empowerment. Women from different districts gather together, not only to raise issues but also to provide suggestions for empowering women at various levels.

Some of the issues that have been identified and lobbied with the government have given good result with establishment of Women Entrepreneurship Development Fund by the government. This comes with a promise of increasing the fund yearly, at present the fund amount is 40 million. This fund will be released to the women entrepreneurs in the form of loan at low interest rate.

Women have always found it difficult to market their goods, so with the intention of promoting their business the establishment of the Woman’s Craft Village was lobbied with the government; land has already been identified and Department of Cottage and Small Industry has agreed to provide the basic infrastructure for the building. It has yet to be handed over. The Women Craft Village provides a venue for women entrepreneurs from different sectors to come together to market or showcase their products.

Collateral free loan has always been a challenge to woman entrepreneurs for obtaining loan from the banks. Hence FWEAN has been lobbying with government and Nepal Rastra Bank, that woman entrepreneurs should get collateral free loan. Nepal Rastra Bank has already directed the banks to provide collateral free loan up to Rs. 500,000 at low interest rate.

For the Creation and promotion of entrepreneurship in rural and urban areas FWEAN has been providing skill based as well as capacity building trainings. It has also been advocating for a safe and healthy population by training women on vermin compost and organic farming. Such trainings have been provided not only in Kathmandu valley but also in Surkhet, Dang and a few other places.

It has also been providing skill based enterprise development training in the rural areas of Lalitpur District, namely Bhardev and Devichaur. The training has been provided in partnership with Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal. With the support of ILO several programs in seven districts of Nepal have been conducted. The focus of program is to bring women from the informal sector into the mainstream business through support in registration process.

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Success story

Shrijani Tuladhar started to work in the field of designing from the year 1983, working in customer service department in Namuna Silai. She got to learn a lot while working in Namuna Silai. She also got a chance to take professional training from Ms. Gyani Shova Tuladhar. Ms.Gyani  taught Shrijani  in details on cutting and designing as well as sewing clothes. She worked in Namuna Silai till 1985.

After that, she was offered to handle a new tailoring shop, "Veshvusha" (branch of Namuna) as co-proprieter by Ms. Gyani Shova Tuladhar. She then started her new journey on handling a boutique solely. She started designing clothes for the customers which was loved by the customers. As a 18 year old girl handling a new shop, she was praised by many people.

While working in Veshvusha, she took part in the fashion show organized by Namuna College of Fashion Technology as a designer. She was also offered to showcase my designs in a fashion showo in Turkey. She took part in the fashion show which took place in Hotel Hillton, Istanbul, organized by Planner Nepal. Her working period in Veshvusha lasted for 15 years.

Then she started her own business. she established her own tailoring shop," Shreejani Fashion Wear & Tailors" at Sukrapath,New-road. The store was established in the year 2000. She has been running the business for 16 years now and she has also faced many ups and downs running the business. Few years back, due to the lack of workers, she started providing training on sewing & cutting to the local women. she, along with two partners started a training center " Divya Silai Kendra". They got to train two groups of women. She also started providing personal training to few women from rural areas so that they could be independent and could contribute to their family income.

She got opportunities to design for various beauty pagents. She was also given chances to design outfits for movies and actors.

From working in a tailoring shop to establishing her own tailoring shop, she has worked very hard to get where she is now. She was highly motivated by people around her which made her want to work harder.

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