Practical Action Blogs

    Roxana Añez – Empowered by emergency

    Roxana Añez is a Bolivian woman and a mother of nine children. She lives in small indigenous community in Tacana Altamarani which is located on the river Beni, three hours downriver from San Buenaventura. Roxana, an intelligent and driven woman, has always wanted to study and increase her knowledge for the benefit of herself and her community. Unfortunately, because of the social and cultural norms, it has not been possible. Like in many other indigenous communities in Bolivia, a woman’s role […]
    Sarita Heikkinen

    March 22nd, 2017

    Story of Kopila Chaudhary — how knowledge transformed my life

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    “The gift of material goods makes people dependent, but the gift of knowledge makes them free”, these profound words of E.F.Schumacher still hold true today. In fact, they are the foundation of Practical Action’s last mile knowledge service, Practical Answers. Knowledge sharing, skills development and capacity building allows vulnerable communities across the globe to improve their own livelihoods and thrive in future years to come. Meet Mrs Chaudhary, a mother to five. She lives in the far west rural region […]

    March 20th, 2017

    Talking shit at FSM4 Conference – Feedback on our sanitation work in Bangladesh

    Talking about shit for a week in India — a fascinating context to present our sanitation work! India, a country that has undertaken a huge and ambitious national scale clean-up campaign (‘Swachh Bharat’ /’Clean India Mission’), hosted the 4th Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Conference in Chennai this February. In total, 1,100 practitioners, governments and private sector representatives from all over the world participated in the conference. This was a truly unique sharing and visibility opportunity for our organisation. As a result, we ran out of […]

    STEM careers in International Development

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    Do you have students who are interested in the big global challenges we are facing? Do they  want to help find the solution to climate change and having enough food for everyone on the planet? If so a career in International Development could be for them. My STEM(Science, Technology , engineering and Maths) job at  Practical Action,  is to produce education materials to help students discover how STEM can be used to reduce poverty around the world. Other people I work with have […]
    Julie Brown

    March 15th, 2017

    Life as a Barefoot Agro-vet; Govinda Khadka’s Story

    Govinda Khadka providing barefoot agro-vet service on an urgent call by fellow villager at night
    Things were bleak for Govinda Khadka (47) of Gajra village in Achham District a few years back. After being a primary school teacher for over a decade until 2014, Khadka quit his job due to low remuneration and instability. Before being a school teacher, he was a migrant worker alike most of his fellow villagers. He lived and worked as a labour in India for many years. His meagre income never paid enough for his family of five including his […]
    Archana Gurung

    March 14th, 2017

    Knowledge matters and it empowers

    Bhumisara Poudel is happy with her vermicompost venture. She happily shares her knowledge with others.
    Three female Muscovy ducks were splashing in greenish water kept in a small concrete tub when we reached Bhumisara Poudel’s house. The drake was tethered to a post near the coop and the area was covered with a mosquito net. Nearby, a manure yard measuring 6 ft x 4 ft made from cement blocks was also covered with a mosquito net. I wondered why they had mosquito nets everywhere around the manure yard. “The net stops rats and moles from […]
    Sanjib Chaudhary

    March 13th, 2017

    Margaret Kariuku — A self-established businesswoman

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    Margaret Kariuku is a Kenyan woman who has not had the easiest path to success. As a mother of four, she has struggled to find a stable income to provide for herself and her children. “Three times, I have had to start again. Three times, I have had to rebuild my livelihood. It all begun in 2005, when I stopped working as a secretary in Nakuru town. I thought that I would get my life sorted, but as fate would […]
    Sarita Heikkinen

    March 10th, 2017

    Kamala Joshi — A woman who broke the cycle of discrimination

    Mother’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. Not because of all the festivities or pastries (which I don’t mind!), but because it reminds me of all the amazing women I have met, but I haven’t had a chance to tell you about yet. Meet Kamala Joshi, a Nepalese single-mother who, like many other women in rural communities, got married in her early twenties. She had a baby soon after wedlock, sadly, her husband left her shortly […]
    Sarita Heikkinen

    March 9th, 2017

    Factors that instill Technology into our lives

    Technology should save cash. Households reduced their monthly expenditure on energy freeing resources for other needs. Technology should be affordable: Price matters. As anticipated, the technology we offer is highly connected to their price. If it is affordable, adaptation will be rapid. Price can range from free to unaffordable based on individual household’s income status. Only the technologies that are within the affordable finance will see the light of the day, that too with efforts by development agents. Poor the […]
    Vishwa Amatya

    March 9th, 2017

    Women at the heart of the development agenda – interview with Farida Bascha

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    Farida Bascha joined Practical Action as Eastern Africa Regional Director in January 2017 and is a strong advocate for Gender equity and women’s rights. We caught up with her prior to the International Women’s Day to learn more about her and her thoughts about women and development. Hi Farida, Congratulations and welcome to Practical Action! Can you tell us little bit about your background? Thank you, I’m really excited about this opportunity! My mother once joked that my faith and […]
    Sarita Heikkinen

    March 7th, 2017