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  • Taking up the mantle: From entrepreneurs to local leaders
    Nov 15, 2017

    A number of micro-entrepreneurs supported by UNDP’s Micro-Enterprise Development Programme have successfully participated in the recently-held local elections and come to be role models for others in their community

  • Kick-starting a new life
    Sep 22, 2017

    Once a cobbler on the streets of Rajbiraj, Kari Ram now runs a successful shoe-making enterprise—a flip of the switch he says he couldn't have managed without help from UNDP’s Micro-Enterprise Development Programme

  • Helping people help each other
    Jul 10, 2017

    As part of its efforts to help earthquake-affected communities in Nepal recover their livelihoods, UNDP’s Community Infrastructure and Livelihood Recovery Programme has been extending support to a number of cooperatives in hard-hit districts such as Nuwakot, in recognition of the role these entities play in affording members the opportunity to help each other rise out of poverty

  • Stronger together
    Jul 1, 2017

    MEDEP-supported cooperatives have given entrepreneurs across Nepal, women in particular, the chance to take business opportunities they would have otherwise been hard-pressed to pursue, as well as assume decision-making roles in their communities

  • Wider horizons
    Jun 24, 2017

    Sunti Purja is among the many female entrepreneurs who—despite having little to no formal education—have managed to set up their own businesses and come to be role models for their communities, bolstered by backing received from UNDP’s Micro-Enterprise Development Programme

  • A life sweetened with honey
    Jun 22, 2017

    How the support of UNDP’s Micro-Enterprise Development Programme offered an entrepreneur in Parbat options for livelihood and a way out of poverty he had never imagined possible

  • Raising from the dust
  • Tulsi’s mushroom business
  • “My daughters will go to school…..”
  • Youths find a reason to stay back home….
  • Incense making enterprise sees huge success......
  • Solar tukis benefit 3000 deprived people
  • Successful entrepreneur Savitri Devi Chaudhary
  • Renewed hopes through improved livelihood
  • Vaglu Majhi's hard earned jacket
  • Dhaka enterprise brings fortunes for Subhadra……...
  • Little smiles that tell the story !
  • Economically empowering the rural poor......
  • Veneer enterprise brings prosperity to villagers
  • PPP makes a headway in solid waste management
  • The new scales for livelihood
  • I am a citizen. Poor communities are discovering that citizenship card unlocks opportunities
  • Not long ago, people in Taman, a remote village in Nepal's Baglung district had no electricity and no radios or televisions. Using computers and accessing the Internet was only a dream. Now that all households have electricity and street lights illuminate the village, the dream is no longer far-fetched.

  • A Nepal district puts old records to new digital uses

    Old records used to lie in dusty corners in Kanchanpur, a district in far-west Nepal. Now they have become part of the digital revolution. Kanchanpur is one of the areas in this mountainous country most dedicated to using information technology to modernize public administration and promote local development.

  • Helping poor communities in Nepal benefit from Tourism

    Poor communities near some of Nepal's prime tourist destinations stand to reap greater economic benefits with help from an expanding programme.

  • Nepalese civil society organizations meeting in Kathmandu recently pledged to support efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to monitor both their own and the Government's activities in doing so.

  • 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 livelihood and they remain there almost for 6 months' period. Therefore it is children and women to uphold domestic affairs in the village. Sending children to schools had never been a priority for the villagers.

  • So-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.

  • Non-traditional women entrepreneurs

    It might seem unbelievable to hear that some women in urban Nepal have started a hair cutting enterprise. But this is exactly what three women in Hetauda did. Considering, Nepal, a country where even men from the hill region hesitate to take up the job, these women have broken the shackles of blind superstition grappling the modern-society is indeed extremely unbelievable.

  • A novel rural project helps to break social barriers

    November 2005; As he sips tea with fellow villagers in a roadside tea stall, Thule Biswokarma wonders how times have changed. There were times when he had to stand outside the hop to get a glass of tea. As he puts the finished glass on the table, he also recalls how he had to wash the glass himself.

  • Weekly Savings: A reliable source of livelihoods

    November 2005; Mr. Govind Bharati is a member of the Setidevi Community Organisation of Kunchok Village Development Committee of Sindhupalanchowk district. He has been involved in incense stick making after participating in a week long training organised by Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP). He has proved how small investment can be very fruitful to increase income. Mr. Bharati says, "I have invested Rs. 18,000 in the incense stick making and I have earned handsome amount from this income generation activity." There is glow in his wrinkled face and seems to be proud to have started his own business rather than request others for help.

  • Tanahu's masyeura

    November 2005; Tanahun is renowned all over the country for its black maas gram and yam. The masyeura (dried dumplings) made with these two ingredients is equally popular nationwide. In order to cash on this opportunity, a female entrepreneur in the district decided to take up masyeura making as an enterprise and submitted a proposal to PPP-Tanahun Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI) for necessary support. The Public-Private Partnership Committee (PPPC) decided to support the venture as the inputs required for the enterprise would be channelised through Self Help Organisation (SHOs) promoted under PPP-Tanahun CCI.

  • No more eating dead buffaloes: Chanamati's Story

    November 2005; "My name is Chanamati Mijar. I am 24 years old and live in Taruka Village Development Committee (VDC), ward no.2 of Ghaireni Sarkigaun in Nuwakot district. The only family I have is my father. I have a problem with my legs. When I was small my legs became weak, which also stunted me. I cannot go to other places and work like others.

  • Realization that education is Important dawns upon women of Lakurdanda, Dolakha

    Among the different themes that UNDP has emphasized upon, women empowerment has begun to be seen in several villages where the Village Development Programme of Local Governance Programme (LGP) has been launched.

  • Local community health experts developed in own villages

    November 2005; Recently village experts have been developed in villages of Nepal with the help of local authority and the support of UNDP. The villagers that were deprived of any kind of service centres i.e. in health, livestock, agriculture have begun to see few service centres opening up in villages where the Village Development Programmes have been launched by the UNDP Governance Programme.

  • Thirty liters of milk in kadai has three hundreds today

    November 2005; Shyam Prasad Bhattarai, a participant of MEDEP in Treveni program location in Nawalparsi district says "I think if we do everything seriously and with perseverance, it will yield. I along with my wife work 16 hours a day." Despite having passed his School Leaving Certificate examination (grade ten) some fifteen years ago he did not have the income or employment opportunities in his village then. Being the eldest sibling in a family of 13 members, Shyam had no alternative but to leave for India in search for work. He returned home a year ago but with no money in his hand and once again unemployed. He came home as he had gone but he had the experience, skills and the recipe to make a success by playing with milk.

  • November 2005; Dhan Shree Sherpaja and Jhalmaya Purja are two friends who were involved in household chores in Salija Village Development Committee in Parbat district prior to them being incorporated into the Micro Enterprise Development Program in the district in 1998. They were part of MEDEP's target group i.e. people who were living on the edge of poverty, earning less than four thousand seven hundred rupees annually. Both these friends were involved in household chores, cutting fodder for the cattle and working in the fields where output was little. There was no monetary or economic return for their contribution in the field or washing and cleaning the dishes at home. They were educated enough to read and write but not sufficient to find themselves a job. They were unemployed and had no income to call their own. They were in search for opportunities to put food on the plate for their family in place where there was no economic activity.

  • Towards self-employment: Women of Baggale tole

    It is a common practice in our society that male members of a family are generally regarded as the breadwinners whereas women members are traditionally confined to looking after the household chores and raising children. However, time and again women seem to be willing to break away from their traditional roles and engage in income generating activities with great deal of diligence and sense of responsibility. A case in point is Blanket Entrepreneurship Committee of ward No. 7, Bagaale Tole of Tribhuvannagar municipality in Dang district in far-western Nepal. This enterprise group comprising of women members has proved that illiterate women are able to generate family income with far better performance records - challenging in many ways a deep rooted notion held that the illiterate women are best suited to only looking after household chores.

  • Meeting the challenges of poverty with determination: The story of Ms. Parbati Devi

    November 2005; Parbati was left destitute when her husband passed away. The onset of difficulties was so grave that even organizing a ftting funeral to her husband was challenging for her. She had three children to feed and attend to. The sudden turn of events was so devastating that she seemd to have lost all hopes. Then one day things seemed to turn for better. She saw a light at the end of the tunnel, when Rithe Gaunda TLO (Tole/Lane Organisation, a community-based organisation) was formed in her Tole near the radio station in ward No. 15 of Pokhara Sub Metropolitan City. Amid such difficult times, she became a member of the TLO and took part in a meeting held to work out Enterprise Development Plan. During the deliberations in the meeting she saw an opportunity to start a small enterprise selling vegetables and fruits, which she will buy from near by villages and Krishi Upaj Bazaar Kendra.

  • From muddy footpaths to paved roads

    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.

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