Over one thousand women have developed their skills, accessed information, business resources and joined our Women's Hub resource centres.
Nepalis in crisis
Emergency relief to over 65,000 people after the Nepal earthquakes. Countless menstruation packs. Shelter and care for 578 pregnant women, new mothers, their babies and family members.
days in Cambodia and Nepal
265+ days working with our partners in Cambodia and Nepal, and over four years providing remote support. They don't get this depth of support from anyone else.
direct to our partners
83% of funds raised sent directly to our program partners. We work towards spending 70% of our revenue on programs, 18% on raising more funds, and 12% on our own operations.
How do we know if what we're doing is working?
That's the million dollar question for any mission-driven organisation and, believe us, we've spent a lot of time thinking about it.
When your mission is social change, complexity is a given and there are countless unknowns. It can take years, sometimes longer, to know if you've even made a dent, let alone contributed to lasting change. And given such complexity and uncertainty, how can you even make sure you made that change happen?
After hours of research, brainstorms, conversations with experts and our partners about what's possible, we had a penny drop moment.
Impact measurement done well is often a work in progress. It's responsive, flexible and adaptable, and accounts for complexity and unknowns.
Our programs always aim for long term impact but transformational change takes years, and we need to know sooner if we're on the right track or not.
So for now, we're measuring outputs, specifically participation in our programs, as indicators of the value we're providing. 686 women signing up to our local Women's Hubs means something's working. We're also tracking the hours we spend supporting our partners on program design and operational efficiency as a proxy for the deep support we provide them.
And, in recognition that we want to go deeper, we're simultaneously working with our partners towards implementing an impact measurement system that tracks women's progress on their own goals over time, staying true to our commitment to place women at the centre of everything. We're also speaking regularly to women to get their feedback to better understand how our programs are affecting change on an individual level, and then feeding this back into our program design.
Our impact measurement is a work in progress. But by keeping our broader vision in mind, our North Star will always be more choice, power and financial independence for women, and healthier, more prosperous communities. That's the trajectory we're on.
Our Impact Model
Join forces with women on the ground
Help them be as effective as they can be
We unlock new sources of funding for our partners. We break down barriers. We open up new markets. We help them overcome their challenges. And we bring new ideas.
Work together to deliver programs for local women
We co-design and deliver programs with our partners that unlock opportunities for women to build better lives. Everything is driven by women themselves - their needs, challenges and aspirations.
Women utilise the tools they have acquired
To start and grow businesses, find better jobs, take legal action for rights violations, start community initiatives like savings circles, and to mentor other women.
Women are leading lives with more independence, choice and power than before. They own their knowledge, skills and often their income.
The ripple effect
Women’s families and communities also reap the benefits. Children are healthy and in school, the local economy is more prosperous and inclusive, and there is less poverty.
Photo: Ryuichiro Suzuki
stories of change
Rama is in her early 30s. She owns a successful business in her local community in Eastern Nepal. She has a good home life, two healthy children in school and a support network of women. But her life wasn’t always this way.
Rama married young to an older man who was physically abusive. With little education she worked long hours unpaid on her family farm, raising two young children. Rama approached her local Women’s Hub deeply unhappy and desperate for help.
At the Hub she learnt about her rights, accessed legal counselling and with the support of 10 other Women's Hub members confronted her husband and demand he change - he did.
Rama later undertook business training, received a business loan and was supported to set up a business.
She now controls her own income, is investing in her children’s health, education and growing her business. She also supports and mentors other women.
“I feel proud to be saving for my children's future.”
— Rama, Nepal
Sarun is an employee of Mekong Blue, the business arm of our partner, the Stung Treng Women's Development Centre (SWDC).
One of 12 children, Sarun dropped out of school in Grade 5 to work on the family farm.
In 2002, Sarun attended one of SWDC's health education programs and was subsequently invited to undertake a weaving apprenticeship.
15 years later and still an employee of Mekong Blue, Sarun says the best thing has been having a job and a steady income, which has allowed her to build a house, care for her children, make friends and lead an independent life.
"I feel that my life has changed completely...I can stand on my own two feet."
— Sarun, Cambodia
Since 2013, we've been working hard with limited resources to make the biggest impact for women we can. Read our Annual Reports below to understand exactly how we've built our partnerships, mobilised resources and supported women in Nepal and Cambodia to build better lives for themselves, their families and communities.