Dining for Women chapters meet on a regular basis – most monthly – and share a meal together. It may be in someone’s home, in a college cafeteria, an office break room, a church hall, or a local watering hole. Members share camaraderie and learn about that month’s featured programs through videos, educational documents and presentations, and free and open discussion. Funds raised each month go to fund the featured program and sustained program. Any amounts over the agreed upon grant amount go to a reserve fund for future projects or to fund any program shortfalls. Eighty-five percent of every dollar donated goes to fund our grants.

     Dining for Women is a global giving circle that funds grassroots programs working in developing countries to fight gender inequality. Dining for Women celebrates the power of the individual to see an injustice and act to change it; to see need and act to fill it. Dining for Women’s members are deeply involved in the programs we support and the problems we seek to address. Our education component is equally as important as our fundraising. Our members are generally not wealthy. Our average donation is $35 – just about the amount you might spend for a weeknight dinner out.Our collective-giving model is proving that small contributions, aggregated together, can make a huge difference. This is especially true in the most impoverished areas of the world, where some subsist on less than $1.25 a day.

Dining for Women’s April 2016 featured program

Juna Ghale, with her daughter Nirmala

Nisha Pariyar with her mother Nirmala

A Hands in Outreach project to benefit mothers and their daughters


        BE PART OF HER DREAM establishes the first cash-transfer program of it’s kind in Nepal in hopes of alleviating profound poverty for many single, illiterate mothers with no dependable means of support .The core of the program gives, small cash-transfers to poor women, thus creating a modest, though vital base of financial stability. We can create a safety net where none now exists, providing a culturally sensitive program to help 54 mothers break an endless cycle of profound poverty. 

         Each woman will be guided through obtaining Nepali citizenship in order to open a personal bank account. We plan to provide each woman with a cash-transfer of $20/month, for two years. Half will be saved and the remainder available for food, rent and the lost wages for participating in three, two-hour literacy classes each week. To often, women can’t risk the loss of income by attending classes we’ve offered in the past. They have the desire, but can’t justify the work-time lost to learning. Regular attendance for the literacy class will be an agreed upon contingency for receiving their cash-transfers. As an important teaching tool, each mother will be instructed how to use the CLASSMATE PC computers configured with innovative, early learning Waterford software recently set up at our Bal Kendra preschool.

        The mothers’ class will provide instruction for basic literacy in Nepali and English language, math skills, digital-fluency using our computer lab, regular health check-ups, vocational counseling and a supportive network. At the end of two years, BPOHD mothers will save $240. Since we already sponsor their daughter’s education, HIO is uniquely positioned to monitor the mothers’ saving and progress. Their daughters will become project partners by helping their mothers practice reading and writing in school and at home.  BPOHD will provide ongoing mentoring for the participating mothers after completion of the project.

The Hands In Outreach project for our Dining for Women grant 2016-2018

he efforts that Dining for Women have undertaken … all across the country over the past 10 years provide a powerful example of how individual acts of giving, when aggregated, can make a deep and transformational impact.  

                                                                                                                                       Hillary Clinton


        Through an innovative program of direct cash-transfers and basic literacy classes, BE PART OF HER DREAM will provide a supportive learning environment for the mothers of HIO girls to alleviate their condition of abject poverty; thus creating a modest, though vital base of financial stability to become effective leaders and role models for their daughters. 

        The goal of our BPOHD project is to provide basic literacy, promote financial inclusion and encourage self-reliance. The poor, illiterate mothers HIO listens to and guides each day have little strategy for improving their lives and those of their children. These marginalized women are not poor because they lack initiative. They lack resources, opportunity and education. Without creating new opportunities for improved healthcare and education, their struggle with endemic, grinding poverty will continue consuming their lives.