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  • Allo - A flourishing enterprise for rural entrepreneursAllo - A flourishing enterprise for rural entrepreneursMar 28, 2013The 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.

  • Becoming organised to fight povertyBecoming organised to fight povertyJul 22, 2014June 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 support the local farmers in different aspects of their lives and there has been a significant improvement in agricultural productivity. All the households of the settlement are members of the cooperative.

  • Blacksmiths benefit from new technologyBlacksmiths benefit from new technologyMar 27, 2013November 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.'

  • Change in MindsetsApr 2, 2013So-called Dalits (untouchables) of Chafamandu VDC-1 in Achham might not have expected to live through a day when they would cook and serve food to upper caste members of their society. But COPE teachers made this shift in the paradigm of social and cultural values.

  • Chyuria wish fulfilling tree !Chyuria wish fulfilling tree !Mar 28, 2013September 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.

  • Communities come together for livelihoodCommunities come together for livelihoodMar 28, 2013August 2010; Siwir Tole, ward number 8, Dhungekhola village in Sarlahi district is a very poor area where mostly the 1990 flood victims have settled down.

  • Dairy farm helps Hukum live like a masterDairy farm helps Hukum live like a masterNov 6, 2013For 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.

  • Dhaka enterprise brings fortunes for Subhadra……...Dhaka enterprise brings fortunes for Subhadra……...Jan 4, 2013

  • Economically empowering the rural poor......Economically empowering the rural poor......Jan 4, 2013

  • Entrepreneurs hope for peace to expand businessEntrepreneurs hope for peace to expand businessApr 2, 2013