Thriving as Women
Written by Lorena garcia, Former Executive Director
Raada, Jasmina, Sarita, Indra, Phurpa, Daysi, Lhansangmu, Bimala, Krishna, Daylin.
All of these women and girls from Nepal and Nicaragua strive every day to provide for their families. They are thousands of miles apart from each other, but all of them are up before dawn working to get everything ready for the day. The students work before school either in the fields or in other jobs in the city. After providing breakfast for other members of the household, the women head to either their cooperatives, goat pens, or greenhouses in Nepal, or they head out to the fields or their greenhouses in Nicaragua.
For many of these women, much of their days are spent collecting water, branches, and twigs to fire up their stoves. For women fortunate to have access to water close by, they are able to focus on other needs of the family. This is the way of life for these powerful women in Nepal and Nicaragua whom Namlo is fortunate enough to work with. These women confront barriers every day to their success. They overcome challenges that most of us would consider impossible. They live their lives in abundance in spite of having so little because what they have is love, community, drive, and the hope that they can live healthy, vibrant lives where their children can succeed and become something great when they grow up.
These women experience challenges both at home and politically that prevent them from receiving equal status. Despite gender equity laws, and anti-violence against women laws that have passed in both Nepal and Nicaragua in recent years, enforcement has suffered. Women in these two countries as in many other countries around the globe including here in the US are often victim to patriarchal ways of life. This prevents them from taking charge of their own lives. Women often face violence intended to remind them of their place. But they do not let this get in the way of their self-empowerment and the protection of their children. Women take charge and take to the streets to hold their governments accountable. They run for political office. They take on leadership roles in local councils and participate in improving their communities infrastructure.
These women, do not back down. These women are what make their communities in Nepal and Nicaragua thrive. We are so fortunate to build long-term partnerships with these women to support their efforts. And today, we celebrate them. We celebrate their perseverance, their drive, and their hard work. Join Namlo today in celebrating International Women’s Day.
Community Improvement Council heading up the work in El Quebracho, Miraflor in Nicaragua.
You can support these women by making a donation today in honor of International Women’s Day.