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UN’s hands-on experience for youths from marginalized groups propels many to success

When Ranjana Bishwokarma came to Kathmandu from Dhanusa in 2004 for further studies, she hoped to one day become a Management specialist. Today, she is one step closer to her dream.  She is one of the 29 trainees who have been selected this year to take part in an 11-month long traineeship prog more

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Unemployed Madhesi youths turn into entrepreneurs

May 2008; Nine youths aged 17 to 27, in Bateshwor VDC, 25 kms north of Janakpur are successfully running a cooperative that manufactures Mitha (molasses) from sugarcane juice. The co-operative has manufactured 9,000 kgs of Mitha since December 2007 and has been able to earn Rs. 18,700 within two mon more

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Using non timber forest products for reducing poverty

July 2007; It is only a short drive from the lovely town of Charikot that the smoke of a new distillation unit processing local Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) can be seen from a distance. The distillation unit produces high quality essential oils that reach the domestic and international markets more

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Vaglu Majhi's hard earned jacket

Vaglu Majhi is wearing a jacket for the first time in his life. He belongs to a Mushahar community in Ishworpur village, Sarlahi district, terai (low lands) area of Nepal. Mushahar community has always lived in abject poverty due to lack of education, skills and income generating opportunities. Vagl more

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Veneer enterprise brings prosperity to villagers

For the villagers of Ramechhap and Dolakha districts in central Nepal, production of Veneer is a new found successful enterprise. Veneer is the thin layer produced from logs of soft wood that is used for making plywood. The enterprise is run through a public private partnership approach by seven com more

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Villagers no longer abandon their homes when they see rain clouds

Villagers throughout Nepal eagerly wait for the monsoon season to begin as the rain carrying clouds help irrigate farms and fields that support livelihoods of over 70 percent population. But it is also a season that brings untold sufferings—uprooting communities and leaving death and destruction in more

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Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) mobile camps in the far-west

August 2009; Three Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) mobile camps were set up in July for 15 villages of Humla district by the Himalaya Conservation and Development Association, an NGO, with the support of the UNDP HIV/AIDS Programme Management Unit. The programme called 'Comprehensive package more

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Ward Citizens Forum- bottom-up approach for inclusive development

The 76 households in ward number 3, Assigram village of Dadeldhura have started putting forward their long term development plans in the Ward Citizens Forum, a forum created under the social mobilization and community development component of the Local Governance Community Development Programme (LGC more

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Weekly Savings: A reliable source of livelihoods

November 2005; Mr. Govind Bharati is a member of the Setidevi Community Organisation of Kunchok Village Development Committee of Sindhupalanchowk district. He has been involved in incense stick making after participating in a week long training organised by Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP). more

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Welcome to Vulture restaurant

March 2008; Community in Pithauli, Nawalparasi is managing a unique endeavour of running the Vulture Restaurant to conserve critically endangered vultures. The cause of decline of vulture is due to the veterinary drug diclofenac, which is widely used to treat livestock in Asia. Vultures are exposed more