• The first 10 students graduated recently from the course “textile crafts” at the new ROKPA Vocational Training Center in Nepal (we reported earlier). In order to enable these newly trained seamstresses to make their step towards independence, ROKPA financed their initial capital in advance by granting so called microcredits. These credits allow the women who all originate from difficult family circumstances to be financially autonomous and strengthen their self-esteem. Every graduate received a sewing machine, sewing supplies as well as a flat iron. The equipment has been handed over to these women on the occasion of a festive farewell ceremony together with the respective training certificate. As independent businesswomen they pay half of these costs back at a contractually binding rate. At the end of January, the first monthly repayment in the amount of CHF 5.50.- per woman has already been received on time.