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CAT inspires young women for empowerment through entreprises


Kathmandu, April 24, 2017: Catalyst Action Training (CAT), a first training focused on the women of age 18-25 for the promotion of economic opportunities through investment in women’s enterprises, has successfully concluded in Kathmandu. CAT aims to generate catalysts that will empower women in different sectors through seven sustainability stages: building team, accessing local assets, co-creation plan, capacity building, tech, assess the market, and reinvest, reinvent and sustain.

The training was delivered through slide shows, discussion round, gaming, storytelling, flow charts, team work and speeches. CAT is a part of the initial phase of basic training which will have a year run. The training had several guest speakers and trainers such as Kumar Paudel, Suhrid Chapagain, Hari Kumar Silwal, Binita Gurung, Sushma Raj Bhandari, and Nanda Kishor Mandal among others.

Sharing her journey, Radha Poudel, a social activist and a Madan Puraskar winning author said, “I am from a remote area having a poor economic background. I had to face discrimination and pass several struggling phases of life. The first thing we need to have to be successful is a mindset, second- passion, third commitment, and finally result-oriented thinking.” On the occasion, she highlighted the importance of crossing the boundary of the comfort zone.

The training had more than 22 participants. The response from participants were found to be proactive, enthusiastic and productive. The training that started from April 18-21 seems to be already in its action. Melanie St. James- executive director of Empowerment Works said with excitement, “It is amazing to see these young ladies coming up with new ideas and techniques. We will be glad to see them in our upcoming days.” Similarly, Sampada Neupane, one of the participant shared, “It was beautiful and productive to attend this training. CAT taught me ideas of local and global challenges and how we can bring positive change in society.”

By Batsala Rajdhami