Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP)


Over eighty percent of Nepal’s population live in rural areas. Inadequate 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 2016, 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 in 2014 April and the significant loss to the gains MEDEP had made in the previous years, several milestones were reached in 2016.

13,243 new micro entrepreneurs were created, thus helping to alleviate their poverty conditions, exceeding the project target of 18,270. Till date, MEDEP (including MEDPA & Local Bodies) has created 119,085 microenterprises and contributed to the creation of over 187,358 jobs for the rural poor and socially excluded groups.


Stronger together

MEDEP-supported cooperatives have given entrepreneurs across Nepal, women in particular, the chance to take business opportunities they would have otherwise been hard-pressed to pursue, as well as assume decision-making roles in their communitiesmore 

Hailing the big impact of small business

UNDP celebrated the first Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Day with an exhibition of products made by the micro-entrepreneurs supported by its Micro-Enterprise Development Programme, as a testament to the power of small business more 

Wider horizons

Sunti Purja is among the many female entrepreneurs who—despite having little to no formal education—have managed to set up their own businesses and come to be role models for their communities, bolstered by backing received from UNDP’s Micro-Enterprise Development Programme more 

A life sweetened with honey

How the support of UNDP’s Micro-Enterprise Development Programme offered an entrepreneur in Parbat options for livelihood and a way out of poverty he had never imagined possible more 

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 community more 

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 

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