Soiya Women’s Independent Organization (SWO) was founded in 2013. It is run by the women who it supports. All members and staff in the organisation are women. 80% of our members are from dalit kasts, the rest are tharu, a few are from other casts.
Soiya Women’s Independent Organization works for sustainable livelihoods with a focus on women and children. We have two overall fields of work: Primary Education and Empowerment of Women. In both areas we focus on health, organic farming and mobilising civil society for positive social change.
In our Women’s programme we organise women from marginalised communities and offer training in health, organic gardening and micro business. We support and encourage our female members to claim their rightful share of public ressources and to organise accordingly. The women are organised in groups with saving- and credit as the back bone. The board of SWO consist of seven members from these groups.
In our Education programme we run two organic school gardens and provide healthy school lunch for approximately 400 children per day. Most of the food comes from the gardens and it is grown according to organic principles and techniques.
Partnership and organisation:
SWO is an independent organisation. We work in partnership with the danish organisation School Life in Nepal (in Danish language: Skoleliv i Nepal).