All they needed was right knowledge, tools and determination

Women are the most untapped resource and talent in society.

In order to achieve more equitable society, we need to inspire and encourage women to follow the path towards leadership.

The best way to do this is to lead by an example.

Roxana Añez — empowered by emergency

Roxana Añez always wanted to study, but as in many indigenous communities in Bolivia, a woman’s role was seen to be to ‘serve’ her husband and children. “That was our life. To climb up that ravine under the burning sun, with all the bottles of water and clothes that needed washing.” But in 2014, the course of Roxana’s life suddenly changed ...

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Kamala Joshi — a woman who broke the cycle of discrimination

Meet Kamala Joshi, a Nepalese single-mother who, like many other women in rural communities, got married in her early twenties ...

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Kopila Chaudhary — how knowledge transformed my life

In 2000, the Government of Nepal abolished the Kamaiya system of bonded labour, but life for those set free remained hard. But support from a community resource centre funded by Practical Action helped her to build her skills and apply for loans. She is now a successful mushroom farmer.

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Margaret Kariuku — a self-established businesswoman

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 ..."

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

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 to learn more about her and her thoughts about women and development.

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Practical Presents for Mother’s Day

Looking for a truly unique Mother’s Day gift? Make this day even more special by giving your mum a present that also supports other mothers and their families across the world.

Our range of charity gifts for Mother’s Day could make a big difference to women all over the world. 

Browse Practical Presents gifts for Mother’s Day

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