Bachelor of International Development 2011
Stephanie Woollard founded Seven Women, a grass-roots social enterprise, in 2006 when she was a student at La Trobe University, studying for a Bachelor of International Development.
Two years earlier, Stephanie had met seven marginalised and isolated women in Nepal who were unable to earn an income because their disabilities denied them access to training and employment opportunities.
Stephanie’s passion and determination resulted in the creation of Seven Women. Through her persistence, the organisation has grown over the last ten years from a simple arrangement with seven women to the establishment of four centres in Nepal, which have trained and employed over 5000 women. Seven Women’s links with La Trobe remain. It is now a student club incorporated through the Student Union.
In 2011 Stephanie established Hands on Development, which runs study tours to Nepal. Participants visit a range of organisations, including those working with Seven Women. The purpose of these tours is to inspire participants to become change makers. Stephanie has plans to repeat the successful Seven Women model in regional Australia with disempowered communities.