Kathmandu: Coca-Cola jointly with its bottling partner Bottlers Nepal Limited has commenced the ‘Saksham’ training program that intends to train 1,000 women running grocery stores and small eatery outlets across the value chain in Nepal.
The campaign connects with the theme of International Women’s Day 2022, which is “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” with an effort to make these women ‘Saksham’ meaning capable to take their rightful place as equals in the economy.
The program seeks to impart knowledge and training that will create a conducive environment for innovation and growth, ultimately leading to economic development of the nation, Coca-Cola said in a statement.
Adarsh Awasthi, Country Director of Coca-Cola in Nepal shared, “We believe that when a woman is empowered, the whole nation is empowered. And it is really overwhelming to see the positive transformations we have been able to make in their lives through our previous training programs such as 5by20 and the STAR program. Now as we embark on a new program to support and empower 1000 female entrepreneurs of value chain, we hope to make a humble and impactful difference in their lives”
Pradip Pandey, Managing Director of Bottlers Nepal Limited shared, “So many small shops and eateries in rural as well as urban areas in Nepal are run by Women and we have observed the challenges they face specially post-pandemic. Through this program, we focus to foster the capabilities of women entrepreneurs running grocery stores and small eatery outlets by enhancing their knowledge that helps to build confidence and provides access to opportunities in the modern world.”