A book about a day in the life of 100 women in the UK, compiled and edited by Rosa Matheson to raise money for women’s charities in Nepal, has started to meet its objectives.
The £4,000 cost of production was covered in just over two months and sales have raised the first £1,000 profit to fund micro-finance projects in association with the Rotary Club of Himalayan Gurkhas.
Rosa explained: “The money will be distributed to women who will be given 7,000 rupees, about £50, to set up small cottage industries, such as rearing livestock or weaving cotton.
“The unique thing about the initiative is that the women who receive the finance will have been nominated by other women in their village. The recipients will then get regular assistance, and health and life skills education from a Rotary Club coordinator.
“It is a sustainable project as the women repay the loan over a given period of time. It means the money can be re-lent; in time the benefit will spread out from village to village so that hundreds of women will be helped from the initial seed contribution.”
Reflecting on the success of the book Rosa said: “It’s amazing that this little volume has captured the hearts of so many people. Publicity has largely been by the contributors, but it’s such an appealing concept and attractive product that it wins people over immediately.”
“I’m so grateful to Roger Ogle at Swindon Link for introducing me to the wonderful graphic design talent of Kate Parsons who coordinated production of the book.”
Pictured: Some of the contributors to a Day in the Life at the launch last year