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From a dumping site into a green nursery

April 2010; The Bhadrakali nursery below the China Bridge in Pokhara Municipality is a place to stop by for all the pedestrians. From a smelly dumping site, the place has been converted into a green area. When the Pokhara Municipality gave this public dumping site on lease to Gopal Lama and his sismore

From drug addict to entrepreneur

January 2009; Raju Kumar Maharjan, resident of Panga, Kirtipur municipality has turned into a successful entrepreneur from a drug addict. With the support of UNDP/Micro-enterprise Development Programme, the UN HIV/AIDS livelihood programme and an NGO called National Enterprise Development Centre formore


From muddy footpaths to paved roads

6 April 2006- 'Unity and a supportive municipality have been the core ingredients of our success.' The pride in Dal Bahadur Chauwan's voice leaves no doubt that he and his fellow citizens feel they have contributed significant changes to their neighborhood. Mr. Chauwan is an extraordinary active mmore


GIS proves boon for planners

November 2005; Slowly but steadily, the Geographical Information System (GIS) is making its mark on the country as an indispensable tool for planning and decision-making. GIS application has practically revolutionised the planning process in Nepal, and more and more people and institutions are beinmore


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 amore

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 onlmore


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 hmore

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 livelihoomore


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 knmore


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 Rupamore