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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. 'I bemore

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Reducing malnutrition in Jumla

June 2009; The health post in ward number 1,Talichaur in Chandanath village of Jumla district is vibrant with laughter,mixed with cries of children. The mothers are busy putting tags around the neck of their babies. Today is the day to weigh their children, the first step to fight malnutrition! Thimore

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Renewed hopes through improved livelihood

The unused waste land of ward 7 in Koluha Bagaiya village, Mahottari has turned into a lush green vegetable farm after 30 poor Dalit families and other marginalized groups leased the land to plant quick-profit green vegetables like cucumber, gourd and lady's finger. UNDP's Livelihood Recovery for Pemore

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Solar tukis benefit 3000 deprived people

The installation of 525 solar tukis (lamps) in 12 Village Development Committees of Rautahat, Sarlahi and Mahottari districts has changed the lives of 3000 deprived family members belonging to Mushahar and other marginalized communities. The new solar energy has saved money to buy kerosene and provimore

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Successful bee keeping enterprise of a young entrepreneur

September 2008; Ganesh Bahadur Bista (33) owns 55 bee hives and sells honey in city markets as far and wide as Dhangadi, Mahendranagar, Nepalgunj, Pokhara and Kathmandu. "In 2007, I produced 23 quintals of honey; and sold them at an average rate of Rs. 200 per kg. This translates into a net prmore

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Successful entrepreneur Savitri Devi Chaudhary

Within a span of three years, Savitri Devi Chaudhary holds important positions in the small business sector— she is an active member of various associations, social networks and a role model for her village. She leads and represents the women entrepreneurs of Sunsari district as the Executive Membermore

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The new scales for livelihood

Noorjahan Khatun of Fatwa Mahespur village in Rautahat, starts her day with a basket of mangoes, as much as 35 kilos, on her head. "The burden will get lighter by the day as much of the mangoes will be sold by then," she said as she set off to sell the mangoes in the neighboring villages. more

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Tulsi’s mushroom business

Tulasi Budha Magar, 42, is a rising entrepreneur in mushroom business. She received the technical skills in a 12-day mushroom farming training organised by the UNDP Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) in her hometown Tulsipur, Dang district. As a start up support after the training, MEDEPmore

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

When Ranjana Bishwokarma came to Kathmandu from Dhanusa in 2004 for further studies, she hoped to one day become a Management specialist. Today, she is one step closer to her dream.  She is one of the 29 trainees who have been selected this year to take part in an 11-month long traineeship progmore

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Unemployed Madhesi youths turn into entrepreneurs

May 2008; Nine youths aged 17 to 27, in Bateshwor VDC, 25 kms north of Janakpur are successfully running a cooperative that manufactures Mitha (molasses) from sugarcane juice. The co-operative has manufactured 9,000 kgs of Mitha since December 2007 and has been able to earn Rs. 18,700 within two monmore