A small village in Nepal relies on selling spices - but locals have to travel 40km to use a spice grinder.
A team of 50 Kiwi women are fundraising to buy the community of Ghailadubba its own spice grinder and will visit in September for a Habitat for Humanity build.
One of the volunteers is 22-year-old Laura Burley from Devonport.
The architecture graduate became involved with the charity when she had some downtime in Borneo after finishing an environmental project in Malaysia last year.
She volunteered in the local Habitat for Humanity office and says it was such an amazing experience.
"I really got to understand the organisation and see the fantastic work they were doing."
When Miss Burley came home she started volunteering in the Auckland office and is now off to Nepal for the three-house project nicknamed Spicebuild.
She says it is hard to know what to expect but imagines lots of friendly faces, amazing colours and beautiful scenery.
"And probably to be spending quite a lot of our time there being pretty muddy," she says.
Habitat for Humanity will work with local group Nari Chetana Women Agricultural Co-operative to build three houses made of bamboo and adobe brick.
The co-operative lends money to its members at low interest rates and helps them grow food.
Miss Burley says they are recognising the needs of their families and taking action.
"It is incredibly inspiring to see the women of the Nari Chetana Agricultural Co-operative really making a difference. Not only for themselves, but also the people around them."
New Zealand volunteer leader Gill Burns says she feels privileged to work alongside the group.
"These women have well and truly proven they want to be independent."
Habitat for Humanity has a philosophy of offering a hand-up not a handout. The families destined to live in the houses will help with the construction and repay the costs over time.
The Spicebuild is from September 28 to October 7 and a few places are still available.
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