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Non-traditional women entrepreneurs

It might seem unbelievable to hear that some women in urban Nepal have started a hair cutting enterprise. But this is exactly what three women in Hetauda did. Considering, Nepal, a country where even men from the hill region hesitate to take up the job, these women have broken the shackles of blind more


Online links replacing paper in Nepal municipality

Friday, 24 January 2002: A digital pace is starting to replace the rhythm of filing paper forms and stamping documents for a long queue of people at the municipal offices in Bharatpur, a town of 90,000 in central Nepal. A joint initiative by UNDP and the Government put municipal services online thi more


Organic farming on the rise with a new enterprise for women

July 2008;  Elephant jungle safari in Sauraha, one of the most popular tourist hubs of Chitwan National Park is a dream for visiting tourists. There are as many as 165 private and park elephants for jungle safari and other adventures like elephant polo which takes place once a year, with visito more


PPP makes a headway in solid waste management

The green (bio-degradable) waste proportion is almost 70% of the total waste generated in the densely populated cities of Nepal. Finding a space to dump the wastes has become almost impossible. People resist having dumping sites or landfill space nearby their living area due to the unhygienic way of more


Payment for services offers a sustainable conservation model

Conservation works are often expensive and finding a continuous source of funding has always been a challenge. But a pilot programme in Kailali and Kachanpur districts in Nepal offers viable model for generating revenue at the community level. The Western Terai Landscape Complex Project (WTLCP), a j more


People of Puthak VDC get rid of kerosene lamps through technology transfer

November 2005; Women of Pauthak VDC ward no. 5 and 6 of Tehrathum district now no longer light Tukis (a small kerosene lamp). They do not use the Dhiki-,Tato (manual grinding) either! The children of the ward now study under 40-watt electric lamp and do not have to study in the dim kerosene lamp or more

Pilot district courts aim to strengthen Nepal's judicial system

Tuesday, 12 August 2003: The Supreme Court of Nepal has appointed 11 district judges to four pilot district courts, a key step in a judicial reform project supported by UNDP. A second UNDP project is helping strengthen the rule of law by setting up arbitration boards to settle minor disputes at the more


Power cut does not affect us, we always have electricity

February 2009; About two and a half hours drive away from Kathmandu is a peaceful village Pinthali (Mangaltar Village Development Committee) in Kavre district. All the residents are Tamangs (indigenous peoples) in this village. Here are the excerpts of interview with Karma Dhoj Lama, the beneficiary more

Power lights up lives of poor in rural Nepal

Date: September 19, 2001 Program REDP Wednesday, 19 September 2001: Not long ago, people in Taman, a remote village in Nepal's Baglung district had no electricity and no radios or televisions. Using computers and accessing the Internet was only a dream. Now that all households have electricity an more


Providing clean drinking water to economically impoverished urban households

July 2008; Since January 2008, members of some 584 low income households in Dhalko ' an economically impoverished neighbourhood in urban Kathmandu ' have been benefiting from access to clean drinking water. This particular endeavour to provide sanitary potable water to the households was undertaken more