Visiting India back in 2014 was a truly amazing experience…one that I still can’t believe I was able to do.


That is why I am super excited to be headed to Nepal with Coca-Cola to see firsthand how they have helped the earthquake victims and empowered the women in Nepal as part of their #5by20 initiative.


A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 at midday local time. The earthquake affected an estimated 8 million people in 39 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including its two largest cities – greater Kathmandu and Pokhara. In addition, more than 20 aftershocks—ranging between magnitude 4.5 and 6.7—followed the initial earthquake. During this critical time, The Coca-Cola foundation gave a $1 million grant to the American Red Cross to support the Nepal Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to 75,000 people in 15,000 households by providing emergency healthcare, emergency shelter and restore family links.

While we are there, we will be…

  • Traveling to Nepal’s earthquake affected area, Bhurunchuli Village where we will get to interact with Earthquake Victims in the community.
  • Travel to interact with the Bottlers Nepal Limited (BNL) employees who were also earthquake victims.
  • Visit the BNL Plant.
  • Participate in 5by20 training and interact with some of the women retailers.
  • Interact and work with women waste workers and NGO at Pet Waste Bailing site.

This exciting adventure begins Monday (9/12) and I hope you follow my #NepalNow adventures on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and maybe even on Snapchat.

Women’s Empowerment in Nepal


Since 2013, Coca-Cola Nepal has provided free business skills training through Coca-Cola’s 5by20 program, locally referred to as ‘Shopkeeper Training and Resources’ (STAR) for Nepali female retailers. It provides traditional Nepali retailers with the skills, tools and techniques required to succeed in Nepal’s constantly changing retail scenario.

Under the 5by20 initiative, the Company is working to help economically empower 5 million women across our global value chain by 2020. This initiative aims to empower women in our global business system by providing access to business skills, financial services and assets, and support networks of peers and mentors. The program is focused on driving women empowerment through entrepreneurship for inclusive growth.

To date, 2848 Nepali female retailers have been trained across Nepal. We will observe part of a training program for 18-20 women at the plant. Afterwards, several women who have already received business-skills training will share their stories of success.