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Young Women of Substance

Ashra Kunwar, an Environmental Science graduate is actively participating in environmental welfare activities. She is relentless in the pursuit of her goals and passionate about keeping things going despite struggles or failure. Her project ‘Creating Solution’ is the winning project of EmpowHer 2016.  Now she calls it Aabash Memorial Foundation. Besides this, she is part of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Nepal which organises workshops for climate adaptability. Recently, she won the title of Miss Heritage International representing Nepal in Sri Lanka where she also received a gold and silver medal as a Peace and Environment Ambassador.

Ashra Kunwar- 23
Founder, Aabash Memorial Foundation

Tell us something about your project, Aabash Memorial Foundation?
Aabash Memorial Foundation is a project which focuses on helping women groups in ages 22-55 to be resilient against climate and water crisis. This project helps women to be educated about the importance of climate resilience and adaptability. As women face more struggle in terms of climate crisis than men due to their being engaged in household activities, this project helps women groups by facilitating biodynamic farming systems and delegating knowledge on water retaining vegetables.

What is the best thing about what you do?
I always believe that when we have balance in our life, work becomes an entirely different experience. There is a passion that moves us to a whole new level of fulfilment and gratitude, and that’s when you can do your best for yourself and for others!

How important is financial independence?
Financial independence is described as being solely responsible for your own finances, earning an income without support from outside parties. This in itself is a struggle especially for some young women but when talking about the importance of it we probably all agree that money does not guarantee happiness but in a world where the cost of living is rising rapidly and wages remain stagnant, for most of us there is no doubt that you need a decent income to support yourself. It also makes you self confident about your own abilities of income generation.

What are the three things that are most important for a person to succeed?
Introspection, hard work and belief.

What is your work mantra?
Hard work is everything. It is the unit to measure your hunger for being successful. There for I am relentless in achieving my passion and will never give up!

Your inspiration…
My inspiration is every woman in the world who is strong and fearless towards achieving her dreams.
Never give up. It’s probably one of the most clichéd phrases you’ll hear as you’re building your career. But there’s a reason these sayings are clichéd — you never know when success really does lie around the next corner.

Your challenge
My biggest challenge of the year was time management. I was engaged with many international and national projects, the reason why I barely had free time to myself!

Besides work
Besides work, I am working on my first single that will be out in the early 2017. The song is a women empowerment song. Very much excited and looking forward to it!