Our Stories

  • Preparing for Change
  • 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.

  • Chyuria wish fulfilling tree !

    September 2010; About 200 entrepreneurs have received training in making herbal soap out of Chyuri (Aesandra butyracea ) through the UNDP Micro Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) . Statistics show that there are more than 10 million Chyuri trees in 50 districts of Nepal. As a result of the training, in 2009, the entrepreneurs produced 84,000 pieces of Chyuri herbal soap (80 gm) with a market value of approximately Rs 1.8 million.

  • UN’s hands-on experience for youths from marginalized groups propels many to success

    Traditionally youths of marginalized groups have had fewer opportunities for professional growth and the joint UN programme seeks to bridge that gap. So far fifty three trainees have graduated from the previous two cohorts of UN Traineeship Programme that seeks to address social exclusion in a pragmatic manner.

  • More opportunity for local entrepreneurs
  • Dairy farm helps Hukum live like a master

    For Hukum Bahadur Basnet of Lalmatiya village in Dang district of Nepal, one theory holds strongly – live as a master, not as slave. Having spent many years serving others in the past, he says “working for others never gave me true satisfaction. I also worked in India, but I was never happy.” With his hard work, and support from the Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP), now he can live as a master. Basnet now owns 15 cows in his dairy.

  • Raju's journey to become an entrepreneur

    April 2009; Raju Kumar Maharjan, 34, of Panga, Kirtipur has transformed his life since starting up a small business. He was an alcoholic but has turned away from drinking as he is now busy making colourful candles for sale. He makes at least 100 candles of various sizes in a full day's work.

  • 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 financial support of the UNDP Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP). They started their mushroom production business from one hut, sized 18 ft x 12 ft.

  • A bag of hope after the Earthquake

    Santa Bahadur Bogati of Sindhukot- 4, Sindhupalchok, one of the micro entrepreneurs badly affected by the April 25 earthquake is already back in his business. He epitomizes the resilience of Nepalese society.

  • 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.'