WAWCAS is founded in 2007 by Sangeeta Shrestha, Nepal and Nina Schriver, Denmark who also are the developers of WAWCAS Program. WAWCAS is joint collaborative project together with ANIN Group DK since 2008.The WAWCAS program is based on a political, social and cultural belief that it is important to strengthen needy women and their children’s autonomy and their rights as citizens in Nepal. Not with donations, but with practice related entrepreneurship training and support to develop saving strategies and cooperatives, and with credit support, which together can strengthen the women’s personal freedom and autonomy.
The WAWCAS program offers a possibility for deepening the understanding of how a combination of social mobilization, business training, development of cooperatives and good saving and loan behavior can have a significant impact on women, their businesses, their families and their communities. All contributing to both poverty reduction and economic growth
The WAWCAS project is very new concept within the entrepreneurship area. Working with underprivileged women with creating business with handling small scale business women mostly who are not used to get training we assumed that we will face lots of problems/challenges but we have not faced serious problems because we experienced that working with them very closely over long period combination of business and social mobilization sharing experiences creates trust and commitment which helps them to grow their businesses.
To get a good job is impossible for uneducated women. It is only possible to get work as a labor work/porter or cleaning and washing the cloths which gives very low wage and not enough to survival and while doing porter work wage is very low compare to men’s wage. WAWCAS provides opportunity to the women to run the business in their own areas. Having money in their own hands makes lots of changes women shared that they become somebody from nobody.
The overall aims and objectives of WAWCAS programme are:
- To directly support needy women in becoming independent and, through that, to support the rights of children in deprived groups of society.
- To strengthen personal, economical and social independency of non-educated and poor women in Nepal.
- To strengthen the women’s ability to develop, run and participate in economic and social cooperation.
- To strengthen the women’s competencies as entrepreneurs by developing and running income-generating small businesses and making their businesses sustainable.
- To support poor children’s opportunities to access good education
- To ensure that the children go to school, get proper food, time to play and to develop as responsible and involved citizens.
- Decrease gender disparity and discrimination.
.WAWCAS program – the process of WAWCAS in the 16 months program
The program consists of three main parts: 1) Social mobilization, 2) entrepreneurship training and saving /loan processes and supervision, and 3) ongoing documentation and effect analysis.
The program is as follows:
- Building up phase for women and the groups. 14 weeks
- Development and implementation phase. 9 months
- Consolidating phase. 4 months