Monday, April 18, 2011

Kiva Blog Post #5: Giving Women a Voice

The last 15 years have produced a political roller coaster for Nepal: the 10-year Maoist Revolution and civil war (1996-2006); the brutal royal massacre at the hand of the Crown Prince (2001); the suspension of Parliament and martial law (2005); the abolition of the monarchy (2007); the formation of a republic (2008); and the ongoing battle to write and enact a constitution (time is ticking!).

Against this backdrop of political upheaval, Kiva's local partner, BPW Patan, has not only maintained course as a women's advocacy group and microcredit organization but has also empowered its women borrowers with a healthy local governance structure that promotes leadership and encourages women to voice their opinions.

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To continue reading the rest of this piece, please go to the Kiva Fellows blog, where I posted the original story.

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