The Beginning of MoWaRe: from Upcycling of Newspaper to Women Empowerment
Updated: Sep 22, 2019
Formerly known as Green Circle, MoWaRe was started in 2013 as an initiative to
promote paper waste management in offices while giving employment to low-income
women from WEPCO, Kopundole, Lalitpur.
Initially we produced different sizes of paper bags but with little experimentation we
were able to develop a variety of envelopes and pouches that could fulfil any office’s
After our successful pilot in training women in Kopundule, we moved on to other
women groups from Gongabu and Kirtipur. By enhancing their skills, MoWaRe has
contributed to uplift their lives not only by providing income-earning opportunities but
helping them to achieve self-reliance. We can proudly say that we have trained 25
women till date to promote environmentally sustainable practices and livelihoods.
Since its inception, MoWaRe has collected more than 33,000 kg of used newspapers
with help of its sister concern BW2V and converted them in to a total of 55,000 bags,
envelopes and pouches. The final products are sold back to the same organization
from where the waste paper was sourced with an addition of new clients every month.
The unrecyclable paper is forwarded to paper recycling facilities to be used as raw
material for recycled paper.
The resources of the planet are limited, and we at MoWaRe believe that there is an
urgent need to treat waste rightfully as a resource. By upcycling newspaper waste into
useful products, we are making our contribution to the circular economy while
generating livelihood for marginalized women of Kathmandu and surrounding areas.