American Photographer Helps Launch Women-Owned Podcasting Studio in Rural Nepal Village


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Last Updated: December 14, 2016 7:20 pm GMT
(Kathmandu--December 14, 2016) Eight of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, are a part of the Himalayas and located within the boundaries of Nepal. This landlocked country between China and India is a largely agricultural nation with a diverse, multicultural population. For the past 12 years, it has been home to American photographer Scott Maclennan, who runs a non-profit organization near the nation’s capital city of Kathmandu.

Alongside his wife, Sumita, whom he met in Nepal, Mcclennan has devoted his time and energy to documenting the Nepali people, first through still pictures and later through video. Today, he is the director and instructor for a ground-breaking project that is bringing technology, education, and employment opportunities to the women of one rural village. Her Farm Nepal is a startup podcasting studio and eventual low-power FM station, located on a farm that is wholly owned and operated by women.

"We have 27 women and children living here, and the 11 adult women (on the farm) mostly come from histories of domestic abuse," Maclennan says. "This is a prestige project for them. They can gain a lot of credibility and respect from the community, which isn’t easy for women to do in a highly patriarchal country."

Since there has never been a women-centric program produced or distributed from a rural setting in the country, doing so has been a tough uphill climb on many levels. The first obstacle was getting the minimum required technology into the remote mountainous area...

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