In order to catalyse change on a larger scale, WEPCO conducts interaction and educational programmes on 3 levels:
- at the school level through through ‘Eco-clubs’,
- at the community through Women’s community groups and
- at the organisational through the ‘Green Circle’ programme.
School Environment Program – ‘Eco-clubs’
- School Eco-club formation
- Environment related training
- Clean-up camps
- “One School–One Heritage” conservation program
Environmental-Friendly Office Practices Program
- “Green Circle” with private sector
- Membership distribution
- Paper collection
Community Mobilisation and Empowerment
- Formation of local women’s groups
- 1 year Technical support for capacity development (management of groups, proposal writing, office management)
- Door-to-door awareness programs
- From AWARENESS to ACTION
- Over 100 training sessions given in environmental management and income generation
- 6 new groups formed in 2008
- Groups formed in Nepalgunj, Tansen, Pokhara, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur, Hetauda, Kathmandu, Bharatpur, Barabise and Lekhanath municipality
Saving and Credit Program (Program For Low income women)
In order to gain the interest, support and committment of the poorest groups in the community, WEPCO runs a savings and micro-credit program along with small business training workshops in parallel with its environmental mobilisation programmes. WEPCO’s members save regularly and get a modest 5% interest on their money. This money is used to make small loans to local women int he community. Currently in this 1.5 year programme:
- Savings scheme has 239 members in wards 1, 2, 10
- 69 Loans have been granted for cottage industries (pickles etc), vegetable markets, tea shops, bangle shop etc.
- Nearly 50% of funds returned already
WEPCO began in micro-credit over a decade ago when ADB rans its first micro-credit programme. WEPCO was one of 10 NGOs selected to run a programme. The programme took place in Lubu and Lamatar VDCs with 25 women’s group of 5 women each thus reaching 125 women. The projects were successful and these groups are now in charge of their own running.
In addition to these groups, WEPCO has close contact with other schools and colleges and runs interaction programmes on Solid Waste Management. WEPCO receives regular volunteers from Kadambari college in Maitighar.