Of the 24 people who showed interest at the introduction session at the municipal 23 people ended up actually coming to the workshops.

We divided everyone into 4 different groups of 5 to 6 people. In response to people's requests we placed those who were in the same women's group together so that they could walk together to the workshops. For the women, it was important for them to be able to take part with their friends. Most people were active in their women's group but came from varying backgrounds, some were grade school teachers; others married at a young age and never had a chance to go to school; some had shops that they take care of; others were housewives. All were Newari ethnics but of varying casts. There were some younger participants but many already have grandchildren.

The women named their own groups: Saathi Samuha (Friend's group), Milansaar Samuha (Friendly group), Nawapratiba Samuha (New Talent group), and Surya Samuha (Sun group).

The workshops took place on Fridays and Saturdays and each group met twice a month on alternating weeks. Bidhata facilitated 2 groups and Mahima the other two. 
Here are some photos from each group's first workshop in January.

Friends group (Saathi samuha) 

Friends group (Saathi samuha) 

Members of the New Talent group (Nawapratiba samuha) making family maps

Members of the New Talent group (Nawapratiba samuha) making family maps

Friendly group (Milansaar samuha) introduction activity

Friendly group (Milansaar samuha) introduction activity

Sun group (Suriya samuha) cutting and pasting

Sun group (Suriya samuha) cutting and pasting

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