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Allo - A flourishing enterprise for rural entrepreneurs

March 2010; The indigenous 'Magar' and 'Rai' communities have used the plant--Himalayan Nettle (Girardinia diversifolia), commonly known as Allo as a weaving thread for shawls, blankets, bags and clothes. With modern textiles replacing the traditional natural fabrics, this age old practice was on more


An ex-combatant builds a future

Buddhi Mahatara who hails from the mountain district Humla can be found these days repairing motorcycles in Tikapur, a city in the southern plains (Terai) district Kailali. The 'Karnali Motorcycle Servicing Centre' that he is running in partnership with a friend is his means of earning and also a remore


An ex-combatant cherishes his new identity as shop owner

Nayalal, a 24-year old former combatant from the eastern part of Nepal, had a very difficult childhood. He was born in a poor and marginalized community where most of the houses were made of mud, straw, and bamboo. “When I was small, our house burnt down twice and my family lost everything. To make more


An improved madrasa' a peace dividend for a religious minority

March 2009; Children aged between 5 and 15 years are reciting the holy Quran in their madrasa (Muslim school) in Tulsiyahi Nikash village, Dhanusha. Since 2007 this madrasa has been housed in a new building constructed with support from UNDP's Quick Impact for Peace Support Initiative programme (QIPmore

As Nepal conflict flares a new, programme supports peace and development

Tuesday, 14 October 2003: With Nepal again beset by conflict after the failure in late August of peace talks between the Government and Maoist insurgents, a UNDP programme is supporting efforts for peace and development and helping victims of the violence. Rupa Singh is one of those benefitting fromore


Automated system to digitize building permits in Kathmandu

A new automated system supported by UNDP will make obtaining building permits easier in two municipalities in the Kathmandu Valley. The system expected to go live in June this year will integrate safer building codes into existing building permit approval system. This will be the first of its kind more


Basic services accessible with more ART service centres

October 2010; UNDP 'Nepal under the Global Fund Round 7 grant provided support to the National Center for AIDS and STD Control in establishing 2 Anti Retroviral and 10 Anti Retroviral Treatment sub centers in 2010. With the increase in the number of ART service centers; there also has been increasemore


Becoming organised to fight poverty

June 2010; The Fewa community organisation (CO) of Sarangkot village in Kaski district comprising 63 members (38 males and 25 females) is today a self sustaining organisation today with a credit capital of Rs.140, 000 generated from their own monthly savings. The CO has formed a 'cooperative' to supmore


Bio-briquette production saves environment, increases income

June 2007; People of Dumarwana VDC, Bara district have been producing and using briquettes for cooking as it greatly helps in reducing indoor pollution. Briquettes are used as substitute for firewood and kerosene and it hugely reduces carbondioxide emission. The production of bio-briquettes has addmore


Blacksmiths benefit from new technology

November 2009; Krishna Bahadur Bishwokarma makes iron agriculture tools. He inherited this business from his forefathers ' a source of living for `Bishwokarmas' ' the traditional blacksmiths !Biswokarmas fall in the catergory of `Dalits', who have been discriminated by the society as 'untouchables.'more