The Need

Our philosophy

Smartketi uses a systematic way to determine whether or not it should pursue a certain project. It first talks with the local community to see if its needed. It then analyzes data. Finally, it comes up with a well thought out plan. It also analyzes past projects' success and setbacks and uses this to try to make its next project more successful. It tries to focus on empowering women, by involving them with every step of each project.

Smartketi focuses on the community while building female leadership in the form of 'smartketis.'

Each project focuses on a specific need.

1 Educational support

2 Health and Nutrition Improvement

3 Entrepreneurial Projects

Smartketi aims to solve problems and likes to look at the data behind every project.

The Stats

Educational Support

  • 33% of rural women have no formal education
  • 31% of rural women are illiterate
  • 75% of rural women do not pass the SLC (national exam that is required for higher educational opportunities)
  • ​The average age an uneducated women marries is 16.8 years; the average age an educated women marries is 21.4 years

Entrepreneurial Projects

  • 77% of working men are paid in cash for their work; only 52% of working women are paid for their work
  • 59% of women do not have a bank account
  • ​28% of women are involved in decision making for their families (decisions regarding finances, medical care and family visits)

Health and Nutrition

  • 40% of rural schoolchildren under 5 years are stunted (stunting is a sign of chronic malnutrition)
  • 10% of rural schoolchildren are wasted and 27% are underweight
  • 56% of rural schoolchildren are anemic; 40% rural girls are anemic (increased from 36% to 41%)
  • infant mortality of children with uneducated mother is high (62 deaths per 1,000 live births) vs. an educated mother (21 deaths per 1,000 live births)

"Why do I need to educate my daughter?; she will just grow up to work in the fields and take care of the family."

-Anonymous father

"After school, I help my family, carrying corn and working in the fields. It is my responsibility."

​--Pabina Thapa

"The children come to school hungry. How can they focus on their studies when their stomachs are empty?"

-Tanka Dahal, principal

Quick links to our featured 'smart' projects

Smartketi has been involved in multiple projects since its inception. When a project is found to be innovative, accountable and scalable, we give it the 'smart' prefix. Check out our links to our featured projects.

smart library

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smart bakery

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smart bracelet

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All data is from the 2016 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS)