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Nepal - The Story of TEWA
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TEWA is the preeminent women’s non-governmental
organization in Nepal. It raises funds inside Nepal and elsewhere to support
national and grassroots women’s empowerment programs that fight effectively for
economic opportunity, social justice, peace and gender equality.
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marleen geyenMarleen Geyen

 

I discovered a great opportunity when I traveled with Global Horizons to the countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, auditing and speaking with women business owners about the advantages and disadvantages of micro-credit funding organizations. The opportunity: speak to and encourage these women to continue their progress in business building and local community change. To top it off I found that these women know a thing or two about business!

During our visit to a small rural community as I was sitting in the shade and focusing on entrepreneurial women asking questions about how they should run their businesses, I could not help but respond, "you already are running a business". They just didn't see themselves as the successful business owners they are. These women succeed in sending their children to school, they succeed by adding to the family income, for many families these determined women are the only source of income.

During the flights back to the US, I couldn't help but consider this takeaway "I have received more from these business women than I gave". We met truly remarkable people, born in developing countries with similar goals.

What Global Horizons is doing is creating an avenue to "add to" people's lives by utilizing their talents, strengths, experience and education to assist others. What a mission. I am proud to be part of this worthy endeavor.

Marleen Geyen, CEO
Geyen Group South Inc