Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP)


Over eighty percent of Nepal’s population live in rural areas. Lack of income generating opportunities in these areas have been a major cause of widespread poverty and outflow of productive workforce abroad. With aims to cater the needs of socially excluded groups living below the poverty lines by promoting off-farm employment, the Government of Nepal (GoN) and the UNDP started implementing Micro Enterprise Development Program (MEDEP) in 1998....Read More

What have we accomplished so far

In 2015, the focus of MEDEP was to ensure a full Government ownership of this poverty-reduction vehicle and to further strengthen micro enterprise associations’ ability to deliver business development services for their members. Despite the challenges resulting from the earthquake and the significant loss to the gains MEDEP had made in the previous years, several milestones were reached in 2015.

14,200 new micro entrepreneurs were created, thus helping to alleviate their poverty conditions, exceeding the project target of 10,000. Till date, MEDEP has created 76,322 microenterprises and contributed to the creation of over 90,000 jobs for the rural poor and socially excluded groups.


Taking up the mantle: From entrepreneurs to local leaders

A number of micro-entrepreneurs supported by UNDP’s Micro-Enterprise Development Programme have successfully participated in the recently-held local elections and come to be role models for others in their communitymore 

Awoken to opportunity: Revelations from an entrepreneur’s journey

Intervention by UNDP’s MEDEP helped Prakash BK to see the potential in his surroundings and himself through a training in entrepreneurial skills It was with themore 

A stitch in time: How entrepreneurship offered hope to a struggling single mother

At one point finding it difficult to make ends meet, Dhan Maya Rana was able to climb out of the rut and provide for herself andmore 

Mohan Chaudhary and wife Babita preparing their popular savory snacks. Photo: Chandra Bhujel/MEDEP

Food for thought

Having set up a successful street-food business with help from UNDP’s MEDEP, Mohan Chaudhary—who once thought foreign employment held the answer to his financial problems—has hadmore 

Demand for Lalo Devi's colorful wares, pictured here, has grown in local markets and beyond in the last decade. Photo: Chandra Bhujel/MEDEP

A different tune

Some 10 years ago, Lalo Devi might have never imagined she’d be running a successful flute-making business, but thanks to support from UNDP’s MEDEP, the Dalitmore 

A mile in Maiya's shoes

A shoe-making enterprise started with training and support from UNDP’s MEDEP has not just enabled a mother of two to help pull her family back onmore 

Raising from the dust

The timely help of UNDP's Rapid Enterprise and Livelihood Recovery Project has enabled micro entrepreneurs in Kubu kasthali, raise from the dust of rumbles to catchmore 

Rita Bogati - an entrepreneur and an active member of National Micro Entrepreneurs' Federation Nepal (NMEFEN)

Rita Bogati is well-known figure in Sindhuli, Western Nepal. She is 36 years old, active member of National Micro Entrepreneurs' Federation Nepal (NMEFEN) and also chairsmore