Stephanie started her Seven Women project when she was only 22 years old, after visiting Nepal and meeting seven disabled women making soaps and candles in a small tin shed. In Nepal, disabilities carry a strong social stigma, believed to bring bad fortune. The women were consequently able to sell only a fraction of what they produced at market and lived in dire poverty.
Disturbed by the injustice and isolation these women were facing, she spent her last $200 of travel money to pay two trainers to help up-skill the women and sell their products abroad. Since then, Steph has devoted the past decade to changing the lives of disabled and marginalised women in Nepal. The organisation has trained and employed over 1,000 disadvantaged women and has helped more than 5,000 women in remote villages offering shelter, medical assistance and education.