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Entrepreneurs hope for peace to expand business

June 2008; Byangdhunga village, ward no. 2 of Kavre district is now a center of attraction where groups of young Magaratis (Dalits) are engaged in manufacturing leather shoes. Men are busy designing and cutting the raw materials while the women are engaged in giving finishing touches and packaging t more


Entrepreneurs hopeful that peace will bring greater prosperity

UNDP-supported entrepreneurs hopeful that peace will bring greater prosperity 'It's too early to see the change,' says Rachana Pandit, chairperson of Business Development Services. 'But there is tremendous hope among the entrepreneurs.' This optimism among Nepal's grassroots business community is co more


Ex-combatant Mukhiya's bicycle workshop...

Former Maoist combatant Mukhiya, 25, chose to undertake one month long rickshaw and bicycle training after he was discharged from Surkhet cantonment as a minor in January 2010. He is running a small bicycle workshop in Badhaiya village, Bardiya for about two years now. Mukhiya thinks he made the rig more


Ex-combatants start a new life………….

Durga is running a tailoring shop in Dhankuta; Lila has a retail shop in Biratnagar and Anu has become the owner of a beauty parlour in Chandranigahpur. All of them were discharged from Maoist cantonments in 2010 and got the opportunity to voluntarily choose a rehabilitation package to start a new l more


Finding ways to be socially included

November 2010; The higher secondary school of Ekdara Bela village in Mahottari district where the marginalised Dom community (categorized as Dalits) resides has seen increased enrollment of students this year. Earlier the parents were reluctant to send their children to school because the Dalit chil more


From 'Displaced' to Inspirational

April 2008; Kesha Pariyar, a micro-entrepreneur and chairperson of National Micro-enterpreneurs Association takes pride in not only being able to earn her living and looking after the whole family but also being able to become a symbol of inspiration for other women in her community. Coming from a more


From a dumping site into a green nursery

April 2010; The Bhadrakali nursery below the China Bridge in Pokhara Municipality is a place to stop by for all the pedestrians. From a smelly dumping site, the place has been converted into a green area. When the Pokhara Municipality gave this public dumping site on lease to Gopal Lama and his sis more

From drug addict to entrepreneur

January 2009; Raju Kumar Maharjan, resident of Panga, Kirtipur municipality has turned into a successful entrepreneur from a drug addict. With the support of UNDP/Micro-enterprise Development Programme, the UN HIV/AIDS livelihood programme and an NGO called National Enterprise Development Centre for more


From muddy footpaths to paved roads

6 April 2006- 'Unity and a supportive municipality have been the core ingredients of our success.' The pride in Dal Bahadur Chauwan's voice leaves no doubt that he and his fellow citizens feel they have contributed significant changes to their neighborhood. Mr. Chauwan is an extraordinary active m more


GIS proves boon for planners

November 2005; Slowly but steadily, the Geographical Information System (GIS) is making its mark on the country as an indispensable tool for planning and decision-making. GIS application has practically revolutionised the planning process in Nepal, and more and more people and institutions are bein more