Stephanie Woollard

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Stephanie Woollard is a Melbourne-born social

entrepreneur, Rotary Foundation Peace Scholar and

Rotarian who has created the international aid

organisation Seven Women, tour-company Hands On

Development and the International Training and

Hospitality initiative.

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 1000

disadvantaged women and has helped more than

5,000 women in remote villages in Nepal offering

shelter, medical assistance and education.

Through her tour company, Hands on Development

Steph leads specialised tours to Nepal, giving

exclusive access and exposure to participants to

connect and contribute through their areas of

expertise. Her cultural immersions to Nepal and

indigenous Australian communities uplift and enrich

both locals and tour participants through authentic,

inspiring experiences.

The multipurpose International Training and

Hospitality initiative provides cooking classes for

tourists, funding disadvantaged women to learn

culinary and hospitality skills, creating diversified

opportunities for employment.

At the Seven Women headquarters, women

manufacture fair trade products that are sold both

locally and to an international market. These

enterprises fund literacy, skills and income generation

programs for thousands of women in Nepal.

Education programs hosted by Seven Women

include practical production skills such as sewing and

growing vegetables, literacy classes and money


In 2016, Stephanie was recognised on the global

stage with a prestigious Rotary Responsible Business

Award, presented at the United Nations headquarters

in New York to only six honorees worldwide. Other

accolades received include, the Order of Australia in

2019, the JCI TOYP award presented in Estonia, Moral

FairGround’s, National Most Ethical Enterprise Award,

the Nepali Association of Victoria’s award for

‘Commendable service to the Nepalese Community’

and the distinguished ‘La Trobe Young Achiever

Alumni of the Year Award’.

Stephanie is a deeply inspiring young woman

dedicated to education and empowerment of the

world’s most marginalised. Her journey demonstrates

how through persistence and unrelenting

commitment one person can truly make a difference.

Steph’s vision that underpins all her work is to create

a more tolerant and compassionate world.

Stephanie holds an Undergraduate degree in

International Development from La Trobe University

in Melbourne and a Masters degree in Peace Studies

& Conflict Resolution from Uppsala University,