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Entrepreneurship supports livelihood, preserves tradition

Keeping alive old tradition sometimes requires embracing new technology. This has been true for a group of Dhimal women in Jhapa who have been able to revive their old tradition of weaving pateni (a traditional dress) with improved weaving machines. Led by Shanti Dhimal, a group of 16 Dhimal women more


Finding ways to be socially included

November 2010; The higher secondary school of Ekdara Bela village in Mahottari district where the marginalised Dom community (categorized as Dalits) resides has seen increased enrollment of students this year. Earlier the parents were reluctant to send their children to school because the Dalit chilmore


From 'Displaced' to Inspirational

April 2008; Kesha Pariyar, a micro-entrepreneur and chairperson of National Micro-enterpreneurs Association takes pride in not only being able to earn her living and looking after the whole family but also being able to become a symbol of inspiration for other women in her community. Coming from a more


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. When the Pokhara Municipality gave this public dumping site on lease to Gopal Lama and his sismore


Helping poor communities in Nepal benefit from Tourism

Thursday, 17 January 2002: Poor communities near some of Nepal's prime tourist destinations stand to reap greater economic benefits with help from an expanding programme. The initiative helps reorient tourism policies to help rural communities where lower castes and ethnic minorities face poverty amore


Hira Maya, a successful entrepreneur

September 2007; Hira Maya lives with her four daughters in a small house in ward no. 3 Jaminibash, Begadawan VDC of Dhanusa district in eastern terai. She earns a decent income of Rs. 5000 per month by making bamboo sticks which basically serves as a raw material for making incense. Now she has a hmore

How Champa's life changed through a COPE School

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 livelihoomore


The power of citizenship cards in Nepal

Koshila Devi Malli of Murtiya in Sarlahi, a day wage labourer, has found a new source of pride. She and her husband now have Nepali Citizenship card and its attendant benefits to brag about. Four years ago, there was very little she knew about a citizenship card, let alone having one. “We didn’t knmore


Improved sanitation through Public Private Partnership

July 2008; Passengers using the Hetauda bus park in recent times have greatly benefited from the availability of a clean and well-maintained public restroom facility. The public toilets have been renovated by a local organisation, Adarsha Tole Bikash Samstha (ATBS) formed under the Public Private Pamore


Incense making enterprise sees huge success......

Nepal imports huge quantity of incense- sticks. The market of incense sticks is estimated close to Rs. 1 billion per year and the domestic production constitutes of less than 50 percent—indicating a big scope for expansion of incense making enterprise in the country. Although the process of making imore