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Thirty liters of milk in kadai has three hundreds today

November 2005; Shyam Prasad Bhattarai, a participant of MEDEP in Treveni program location in Nawalparsi district says "I think if we do everything seriously and with perseverance, it will yield. I along with my wife work 16 hours a day." Despite having passed his School Leaving Certificatemore

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Towards self-employment: Women of Baggale tole

It is a common practice in our society that male members of a family are generally regarded as the breadwinners whereas women members are traditionally confined to looking after the household chores and raising children. However, time and again women seem to be willing to break away from their tradimore

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Tulsi’s mushroom business

Tulasi Budha Magar, 42, is a rising entrepreneur in mushroom business. She received the technical skills in a 12-day mushroom farming training organised by the UNDP Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) in her hometown Tulsipur, Dang district. As a start up support after the training, MEDEPmore

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UNDP helps foster lasting peace in Nepal

December 2006; Within seven short months a 'people's movement' that began with almost a million citizens taking to the streets of Kathmandu has cumulated into a peace process that could end almost 11 years of violent conflict in Nepal. The movement demanded that the King return power to parliament, more

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UNDP supports training of 64 new women VDC Secretaries among others

Nirmaya Ban, the Village Development Committee (VDC) Secretary of Piple, Tehrathum says, “People still think that women do not have the skills required to work as a VDC Secretary. I faced a lot of challenges in my work as my senior officials and even some of my junior colleagues did not believe thatmore

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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 progmore

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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 monmore

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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 marketsmore

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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. Vaglmore

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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 commore