What's in a name? The meaning of Mahila Partnership

In Nepal, Mahila means “Woman.”

 It was our work with the women of Nepal with our now long-time partner, Sabita Aryal, that inspired the launch of Mahila Partnership. 

Mahila co-founder Julie Morrill and Eco-Organic Nepal founder Sabita Aryal

Mahila co-founder Julie Morrill and Eco-Organic Nepal founder Sabita Aryal

The founders visited the remote villages of Panchkal and Chamrengbesi in 2011 to see the organic valley they'd facilitated from a distance. They met many of the village women, ate dinner in their homes, and danced with them at a celebration. For almost five years, Mahila Partnership had provided funding, project coordination, and educational support and in true accordance with our model, 100% of that funding went to programs and not to the founders' Nepal trip.

Nearly 10 years later, we are still there and today we are supporting the women continuing to lead the long recovery after the devastating earthquake in 2015. They are rebuilding their greenhouses and restoring their organic gardens.  A sewing cooperative has been established where women are developing new skills.  An eco-sanitary program has been established providing menstrual health education and sanitary pads hand sewn in the new cooperative.

We a are passionate group here at Mahila.  What started as a personal dream for our founders has become a shared purpose for so many others.  Join us!


Our Board of Directors  Our volunteer Board of Directors are responsible for the operations and fiscal stewardship.  They brings expert-level guidance in the areas of strategy, law, development, disaster risk reduction, health and women’s issues.  

Our Board of Advisors Our volunteer Board of Advisors are national and international leaders who advise Mahila’s Board of Directors and Management on policy and strategic direction. 

Our Management  Our volunteer Management Team are experts in their field working to develop and advance our programs. 


Profound commitment to a dream does not confine or constrain; it liberates.  Even a difficult path can lead to your goal if you follow it to the end.” ~ Maktub