Khalti launched its “Smart Chhori” campaign on February 20, 2019, which aims to empower girls and young women in Nepal via financial knowledge and skills.
Under the “Smart Chhori” campaign, 10,000 adolescent girls and women from all across Nepal will be given training on financial and digital literacy to enable them to emerge as influencers in their communities.
The program is launched to encourage women and girls into finance as well as prepare them for the rapidly advancing digital world. It seems useful in Nepal where the female unemployment rate and digital illiteracy is high thereby which major financial decisions are taken by the male members of the family while the female members even struggle to use smartphones as well as handle basic finances.
Let’s now see what this new initiative from Khalti really is.
What is Smart Chhori Program?
It’s a free e-learning platform inside Khalti Digital Wallet app where girls can learn about the basics of digital payments, online security, and personal finance. Girls and young women from the age group 15-35 years old having a smartphone and access to the internet can enroll in the program. And with the help of it, Khalti aims to equip young Nepali girls with the knowledge, skills, and the attitude which can change their lives by helping them become independent, establish good financial habits, discuss saving, budgeting, and expenses with family members and improve their future prospect for decent work opportunities.
About the launch, the Director of Khalti and Coordinator of Smart Chhori program, Mr. Amit Agrawal said, “‘Digital Nepal’ and ‘Smart City’ have become buzzwords recently. However, physical infrastructures alone are not sufficient to turn this dream into reality. Digitally literate population and public participation are very essential.”
“And, talking about public participation, we shouldn’t forget the role of females who comprise 51% of Nepal’s population. Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) have been playing a significant role to promote health care in villages across Nepal. We
can mobilize our daughters in a similar way as the agents of change to promote digital literacy and simplify the lives of people with the use of internet technology.”
“Smart Chhori program is launched with an aim to prepare the female workforce to change Nepal into a Digital and Smart Nepal. We request all interested girls to enroll in Smart Chhori program and be Smart Role Models in their communities.”
So in a nutshell, by enrolling in the Smart Chhori program by Khalti, adolescent girls and young women can grow their digital and financial skills and leverage smartphones and internet to make an impact in the lives of people in their communities.
How to join the program?
Interested girls and young women aged 15-35 years old can join the training program by clicking on Smart Chhori banner on the home screen of Khalti app. Khalti app is available both in iOS and Android platforms. And of course, this e-learning the platform is available for female users only.