Entrepreneurship development and empowerment are complementary to each other particularly in the gender context in which women involvement is involved. In Bangladesh where I come from, there is a growing class of women entrepreneurs who are taking the challenge to work in the male-dominated, competitive and complex economic and business environment and thereby contributing to the country’s economic growth.
Written by Prasen Khati
“This is the first national conference organised in our village. We feel you have come to share our grief and help us move forward. We so much appreciate you coming here.”
By Lorina Sthapit and Mona Mehta
“What will these village women do or say in such a high level conference? Look at their photos[on visa application], it doesn’t look like they will understand anything, let alone contribute.” – Anonymous government official
Rural enterprise development is a key to poverty alleviation in Nepal as the government’s 13th development plan includes micro-enterprise development as part of strategy for poverty reduction.
Mayaboti Coach, a 46-year old farmer, lives in Rangtia village, which is located at the Northern border of Bangladesh. She is a member of an indigenous group referred to as the “Coach” community.