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Allo - A flourishing enterprise for rural entrepreneurs

March 2010; The 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. With modern textiles replacing the traditional natural fabrics, this age old practice was on more

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Becoming organised to fight poverty

June 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 supmore

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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.'more

Change in Mindsets

November 10, 2005; 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. Balkalyan Primmore

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Chyuri - a 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 tramore

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Communities come together for livelihood

August 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. UNDP's Livelihood Recovery for Peace (LRP) Project has formed women's groups at the community level in Sarlahi and Mahottari districts. Within fmore

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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 hmore

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Dhaka enterprise brings fortunes for Subhadra……...

A decade long struggle has finally brought good days for Subhadra Rajbhandari, an entrepreneur residing in Myanglung, Tehrathum district in east Nepal. She owns a shop which has products worth Rs. 400,000 (US$ 5,479) made out of dhaka fabric such as caps, scarves, saris, shawls, neckties, handkerchimore

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Economically empowering the rural poor......

Opportunity to start a new life ………... Samasuddin Ansari, 35, of Basantapatti  in Rautahat district is physically challenged. Both his legs got crippled due to polio and he got confined to wheelchair.  Under the Income Generation Activity (IGA) of UNDP’s Livelihood Recovery for Peace (LRP)more

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Entrepreneurs hope for peace to expand business

June 2008; Byangdhunga village, ward no. 2 of Kavre district is now a center of attraction where groups of young Magaratis (Dalits) are engaged in manufacturing leather shoes. Men are busy designing and cutting the raw materials while the women are engaged in giving finishing touches and packaging tmore