Opening its first office here in 1988, Pact has a long history of improving literacy, citizen engagement and the economic and social status of women and other marginalized groups in Nepal.
Since the 1990s, Nepal has grappled with political, social and economic transition. With Pact’s support, local communities are overcoming those challenges – seizing opportunities and improving their lives.
A pioneering WORTH woman from the model's early days.
Nepal is the birthplace of Pact’s world-renowned WORTH program, in which groups of 25 or so women contribute weekly savings to a “village bank” that they can then borrow from to invest in their own business or other income-producing activity. Since the program’s inception in 1999, more than 200,000 Nepalese women have benefited from WORTH.
In 2012, Pact began Sajhedari Bikaas, a USAID-funded initiative that empowers communities to achieve equitable and effective local development. Meaning “Partnership for Development,” Sajhedari Bikaas works in six districts of Nepal’s mid and far western regions, and is currently expanding into three districts in the western region that were affected by the earthquakes in April and May 2015.
Sajhedari Bikaas works with a range of national and local partners, including Nepalese nonprofits that engage women, youth and other marginalized groups in planning and implementing development programs. By providing technical assistance to build capacity among local organizations, Pact is helping Nepal to direct its own development, ensuring a lasting impact.