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Helping poor communities in Nepal benefit from Tourism

Thursday, 17 January 2002: Poor communities near some of Nepal's prime tourist destinations stand to reap greater economic benefits with help from an expanding programme. The initiative helps reorient tourism policies to help rural communities where lower castes and ethnic minorities face poverty a more

Helping Women to begin a new life

March 2007; 'Learn to demand for your rights than asking for participation only', says Purnima*. Her clarion call to all the HIV positive women is that' 'do not let yourself be a victim of society and its misconceptions that HIV positive women are bad. You can be a change agent in the society if onl more


Hira Maya, a successful entrepreneur

September 2007; Hira Maya lives with her four daughters in a small house in ward no. 3 Jaminibash, Begadawan VDC of Dhanusa district in eastern terai. She earns a decent income of Rs. 5000 per month by making bamboo sticks which basically serves as a raw material for making incense. Now she has a h more

How Champa's life changed through a COPE School

Parbuje village is an exclusively Tamang village situated at almost 2 days' walk from district headquarter of Okhaldhunga. There are about 60 households in this community. Most of the adults in this village are illiterate. Elders usually go to Shilong (India) to work on coalmines for their livelihoo more


The power of citizenship cards in Nepal

Koshila Devi Malli of Murtiya in Sarlahi, a day wage labourer, has found a new source of pride. She and her husband now have Nepali Citizenship card and its attendant benefits to brag about. Four years ago, there was very little she knew about a citizenship card, let alone having one. “We didn’t kn more


I no longer need to ask my husband for money

October 2006; 'We did not know that our baskets could draw so much of interest among the tourists who come to Lumbini,' says Birma Bindravati Tharu, a local resident of Rupandehi, Madhubani village. Traditionally the handicrafts women made out of wild grass were used only as gifts for dowry in Rupa more


I want to be a role model

November 2006; Full of life, young and beautiful 15 year old Deepa Thapa did not know when she fell into the habit of drugs, until she became very ill and mustered courage to tell her family that she wanted to get out of this vicious trap. 'I started taking tobacco for fun with friends and gradual more


Improved sanitation through Public Private Partnership

July 2008; Passengers using the Hetauda bus park in recent times have greatly benefited from the availability of a clean and well-maintained public restroom facility. The public toilets have been renovated by a local organisation, Adarsha Tole Bikash Samstha (ATBS) formed under the Public Private Pa more


Improving the livelihood of the poor

December 2007; Endowed with abundant water resources, Bhimgitthe village is situated in Baglung district, the western development region of the country where most of the people live in abject poverty. Most of the villages in the district are difficult to reach and even a near village requires a roug more


Incense making enterprise sees huge success......

Nepal imports huge quantity of incense- sticks. The market of incense sticks is estimated close to Rs. 1 billion per year and the domestic production constitutes of less than 50 percent—indicating a big scope for expansion of incense making enterprise in the country. Although the process of making i more