Sustainable Development for Women

Article 1
Association “Eliya Association: Sustainable Development for Women” is a non-profit association governed by the present statutes and, secondarily, by Articles 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code. It is neutral politically, and non-denominational.


Article 2
The Organization’s headquarters are located in the Canton of Geneva. The Association shall be of unlimited duration.


Article 3
The Association shall pursue the following aims:

  • Empowering women and youth by fostering organic agriculture
  • Using our skills and expertise in organic agriculture developed over 20 years in Sri Lanka
  • Promote these skills and entrepreneurship to local women in tea plantations
  • Promote gender equality by engaging women as key players
  • Promote employment in a life free of violence


Article 4

The Association’s resources come from:

  • donations;
  • private and public subsidies;
  • any other resources authorized by the law.

The funds shall be used in conformity with the Association’s aims.


Article 5

Any physical or moral person may request to join: (i) if, through their commitment or actions, they have proved their attachment to the aims of the Association, and (ii) they are not salaried by the Association.

The Association comprises:

  • founding members
  • active members

Requests to become a member must be addressed to the Committee. The Committee admits new members and informs the General Assembly accordingly.

Membership ceases:

  1. on death;
  2. by written resignation notified to the Committee at least six months before the end of the financial year;
  3. by exclusion ordered by the Committee, for just cause, with a right of appeal to the General Assembly. Appeals must be lodged within 30 days of the Committee’s decision being notified;
  4. for non-payment of dues for more than one year.

Only the assets of the Association may be used to meet commitments. Members have no individual responsibility.


Article 6
The founders of the Association are Gabor Kato and Ann Kato
The Association’s organs are:

  1. The General Assembly
  2. The Executive Committee (Gabor Kato, President, Ann Kato, Secretary, Monique Picod, Treasurer, Welney Finance, 10 Ch. de Pra, 1695, Villarsel-le-Gibloux)
  3. The Auditor (Gisèle Scheidegger, Welney Finance)


Article 7
The General Assembly is the Association’s supreme authority. It is composed of all the members.
It shall hold an Ordinary Meeting once each year. It may also meet in extraordinary session whenever necessary, by decision of the Committee or at the request of one-fifth of the members.
The General Assembly shall be considered valid regardless of the number of members present.
The Committee shall send notice of the meeting to members at least six weeks in advance. The convocation, including the proposed agenda, shall be sent to each member at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting.


Article 8

The General Assembly:

  1. shall approve the admission and expulsion of members;
  2. appoints the members of the Committee and elects, at a minimum, the President, the Secretary and the Treasurer;
  3. notes the contents of the reports and financial statements for the year and votes on their adoption;
  4. approves the annual budget;
  5. appoints an auditor for the Organization’s accounts;
  6. decides on any modification of statutes;
  7. decides on the dissolution of the association;


Article 9
The General Assembly is presided over by the president of the Association.


Article 10
Decisions of the General Assembly shall be taken by a majority vote of the members present. In case of deadlock, the President shall have the casting vote.
Decisions concerning the amendment of the Statutes and the dissolution of the Association must be approved by a two-third majority of the members present.


Article 11
Votes are by a show of hands. If requested by at least five members, they take place by secret ballot.


Article  12
The agenda of the ordinary annual session of the General Assembly must include:

  • approval of the record of the previous General Assembly
  • the Committee’s annual report on activities
  • report of the treasurer and of the auditor
  • setting of membership fees
  • approval of the budget
  • approval of reports and accounts
  • election of Committee members and auditor
  • other business


Article 13
The Committee is authorized to carry out all acts that further the purposes of the association. It is authorized to manage the Organization’s business.


Article 14
The Committee is composed of at least 3 members elected by the General Assembly. Each member’s term of office shall last for 1 year and renewable indefinitely. The Committee meets as often as required.


Article 15
The Committee members act voluntarily and can only be compensated for their effective and travel costs. Eventual fees cannot exceed that paid for official commissions. For activities exceeding the usual function, each committee member can receive appropriate compensation.
The paid employees of the association have only a consultative vote in the Committee.


Article 16
The functions of the Committee are:

  • to take all measures to attain the goals of the Association;
  • to convene General Assemblies;
  • to take decisions with regard to admission of new members, to resignations of members, and to their possible expulsion;
  • to ensure the Statutes are applied, to draft rules of procedure, and to administer the assets of the Association.


Article 17
The Association shall be validly bound by the joint signature of the President and Secretary of the Committee.

Various provisions

Article 18
The financial year shall begin on 1st of January and end on 31st of December of each year. The treasurer is responsible for the finances of the Association.
The auditor appointed by the General Assembly shall audit the Association’s accounts every year.


Article 19
In the case of the association being dissolved, the assets should be allotted to a non-profit organization pursuing goals of public interest similar to those of the organization benefiting from tax exemption. The goods cannot be returned to the founders or members, nor be used to their own profit.
The present Statutes have been approved by the Constituent Assembly of the 18th of March, 2017 at Villarsel le Gibloux.

For the Association :

Gabor Kato
Founder and President

11, ch. du Champ-Carré
1256 Troinex

: 022 343 25 92

Ann Kato
Founder and Secretary

11, ch. du Champ-Carré
1256 Troinex

: 022 343 25 92

Done in the presence of Monique Picod, Director of Welney Finance SA (10, Chemin de Pra, 1695 Villarsel-le-Gibloux, Suisse)       +41 26 411 90 95 or       +41 79 200 77 91       +41 26 411 90 99