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Ensuring seed sovereignty of local farmers

August 2009; The country's first ever Community Seed Bank (CSB) was established in 2004 in Kachorwa village of Bara district with the support of the Agricultural Development and Conservation Society (ADCS) and the Loca l Initiatives for Biodiversity Research and Development (LI BIRD). Managed and omore

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Enterprising Tharu women

May 2009; The Sheetal Mahila Samuha (womens group) constituted by Tharu women in Raikhaliyan village of Dang district have become successful micro-entrepreneurs. They started a mushroom enterprise with an initial investment of Rs. 20,000.00 (US $ 250 approx.) in 2008, through technical and financialmore

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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 tmore

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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 comore

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Entrepreneurship supports livelihood, preserves tradition

Keeping alive old tradition sometimes requires embracing new technology. This has been true for a group of Dhimal women in Jhapa who have been able to revive their old tradition of weaving pateni (a traditional dress) with improved weaving machines. Led by Shanti Dhimal, a group of 16 Dhimal women more

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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 rigmore

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Ex-combatant turns digital photographer

Krishna Chaudhary’s education came to a complete halt when she had to join the Maoist army at the age of 18. She joined the army because she was frustrated with the social and economic environment at home and she spent four years of her precious life as a combatant hoping for a bright future. In 20more

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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 lmore

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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 chilmore

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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