We are proud to announce that today we have officially launched a special Smart Chhori campaign. This program is aimed at empowering girls and young women in Nepal through financial knowledge and skills. As part of this initiative, 10,000 adolescent girls and women from across the nation will be trained on financial and digital literacy who will later emerge as influencers in their communities.
Why the Smart Chhori program?
Nepal has a high female unemployment rate and lacking digital skills has become one of the barriers for women and girls in enhancing their career. Still today, a lot of financial decisions are taken by the male members of the family and lots of women still struggle to use smartphones and handle basic finances. Smart Chhori program has been launched with an aim to encourage women and girls into digital finance and help them to be ready for what’s there to come in this rapidly advancing digital world.
Smart Chhori program is a free e-learning platform inside the Khalti Digital Wallet app where girls can learn about the basics of digital payments, online security and personal finance. Girls and young women from age group 15-35 years having a smartphone and access to the internet can enrol in the program.
Through this program, Khalti aims to equip young Nepali girls with the knowledge, skills, and attitude which can change their lives by helping them become independent, establish good financial habits, discuss saving, budgeting, and expenses with family members and improve their future prospect for decent work opportunities.
Announcing the launch, Amit Agrawal, Director of Khalti and Coordinator of Smart Chhori program said,
‘Digital Nepal’ and ‘Smart City’ have become buzzwords recently. However, physical infrastructures alone are not sufficient to turn this dream into reality. Digitally literate population and public participation is very essential.
And, talking about public participation, we shouldn’t forget the role of females who comprise 51% of Nepal’s population. Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) have been playing a significant role to promote health care in villages across Nepal. We can mobilize our daughters in a similar way as the agents of change to promote digital literacy and simplify lives of people with the use of internet technology.
Smart Chhori program is launched with an aim to prepare female workforce to change Nepal into a Digital and Smart Nepal. We request all interested girls to enroll in Smart Chhori program and be Smart Role Models in their communities.
Who is a Smart Chhori? Who can enrol in the program?
A smart Chhori is a young, dynamic, Nepali girl who is digitally and financially aware and is committed to bringing easy access to finance to the people in her community.
Girls and young women from age group 15-35 years having a smartphone & access to the internet can enrol in the program.
In a nutshell,
Through the Smart Chhori program, we help girls and young women to become digitally literate and train them to manage money and transactions through digital wallets, the internet and smartphones. We equip them with the knowledge, skills, and attitude which can change the lives of these adolescent girls by helping them gain independence, establish good financial habits, discuss saving, budgeting, expenses with family members & improve their future prospect for decent work opportunities.