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Bio


Our Story

Travel as a force for good

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Bio


Our Story

Travel as a force for good

 

Stephanie Woollard is an Australian social entrepreneur known for founding aid organization Seven Women as well as Hands on Development and the Kathmandu Cooking School. 

Stephanie speaks on and inspires people to to adopt responsible business practices as the demand for ethical production booms in conjunction with the proven positive impact of social enterprise. 

Steph began Seven Women at 22 after visiting Nepal and meeting seven disabled women making soaps and candles in a tiny tin shed. Being disabled and living in a superstitious community, the women lived in dire poverty. Steph wanted change and paid $200 or trainers to up-skill these women empowering them to sell products abroad.

Ever since Nepal, Steph has devoter her work to changing the lives of the marginalised. Her organization has trained and employed over 1,000 disadvantaged women in remote Nepali villages. She shares her knowledge and ethic during tours through Nepal, Indigenous Australian communities as well as China. 

Steph vision underpinning all her work, is to create a more tolerant and compassionate world knowing that this is possible in our lifetime.

 
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Our mission


Our Misson

Our mission


Our Misson

 

At Hands On Development we are creating a more tolerant and compassionate world by providing life enriching travel experiences that benefit both locals and participants.

We use travel and connection to develop opportunities for local communities to gain the skills and employment they need. Our tours aim to inspire and equip travellers with lived experience to become advocates for issues they care about.

 
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Our Impact


Our Impact

Our Impact


Our Impact

Our Tours are designed to create sustainable long term changes for both the participants and the communities they visit by focusing on social, financial and environmental sustainability. 

Hands On Development Tours are part of an ecosystem of social enterprises developed by Stephanie Woollard, the Founder of Seven Women. These organisations are built with the mission to socially and economically empower women in Nepal through education, training and employment. These enterprises support each other contributing to the long term development of communities in Nepal. 

Our journey so far…

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Local Leaders


Our Local Leaders

Local Leaders


Our Local Leaders

 
 
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Anita Kerr

Seven Women Country Director

Anita is no stranger to the plight of women in Nepal. Being one of the 6 girls in her family, she has seen it all. Anita left home when she was 14 years old and has had experience in managing a boutique hotel before taking on the role at Seven Women. 

Anita has a passion for cooking and loves welcoming visitors to our centre to participate in our classes and works part time as a guide at Hands on Development. Anita is passionate about the empowerment of women through literacy skills training and income generation.

 
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Padam Kumar Shrestha

Seven Women Logistic Manager and Treasurer

Padam Kumar Shrestha is our fantastic logistic manager and treasurer who has studied sociology, and is passionate about creating change. Padam has been working for Seven Women for 10 years now. Padam will be with the group for the entire duration of our tour.

He is a talented cook, has a background in business and a very well known volleyball player who used to play for the the National Team.

 
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Sandhya Kadki

Seven Women literacy teacher, book keeper and tour guide

Sandhya is one of the original Seven Women and has been working with us for 11 years. Sandhya educated herself after leaving school in year 10 and is passionate about educating women and gender equality. Sandhya holds literacy classes at the Seven Women centre everyday for women who want to learn to read and write. She has also trained many women from remote villages, who have gone on to lead classes in their locations.  She lives in Kathmandu, and brings local knowledge to our tour participants through tour guiding.