Entrepreneurs Nepa

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Entrepreneurs Nepa: Empowering Women in Nepal

Kathmandu, NepalSindhupalchok , Nepal
Year Founded:
2013
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1 million - $5 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Women in Nepal have been cornered in almost every field, be it economic, political or academic. They are not given a platform to utilize their potential and thus remain backward. So this initiative aims to provide an opportunity to socially and economically empower marginalized women in Nepal throug

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if you could solve major global issues by empowering women?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The project is trying to address the problem of lack of women empowerment in Nepal. Women occupy half the population but they merely get opportunities equivalent to men. Even if they do get opportunities, they end up receiving less payment for the same work. The women especially in rural areas are uneducated and thus unskilled for paid jobs. The female participation rate is 86% in domestic and 57% in agricultural area. Despite higher participatio

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The proposed solution is to empower women by providing basic business education and training to the women that will help them work on their own and earn for their living. Women, especially in rural areas, are involved in knitting, handicrafts and homemade preserves but they use these skills only in personal level. We aim to motivate these women to use their skills and expertise to start up their own business and work independently. If in case women lack such skills, necessary training programs will be organized that will help them learn new skills. Various cooperatives and microfinance will be assisting them to have access to the financial resources in order to cover the set-up cost. A local market will be provided where they can promote an

Awards

Best Social Entrepreneurs Idea Award 2015
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Women in rural areas are trained in their area of domestic expertise and their production is increased to a market level from domestic consumption level. E.g. A woman makes pickles for household consumption. We educate her on a business level to make her understand the market potential of her product, i.e. pickles. We provide a market for her product which will make her self-sustainable. Another scenario is by educating women about micro finance to fund and expand their business. We will organize campaigns in rural areas where it is difficult for women to directly interact with banking institutes. By providing women with initial capital, they will be able to support themselves which would encourage sustainable growth of enterprise.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

After the devastating earthquake, we distributed sleeping mattresses to around 50 houses in Sindhupalchowk, which was a major affected area. On that distribution project, we not only distributed the mattresses, but also had a workshop explaining and training the local people about how to make those mattresses. On August 12, 2015, we had hosted a talk show addressing the empowerment of youth as well as women. At the end we concluded possible measures to empower women especially in rural sectors. Empowering women not only makes them self-sustainable, but also boosts their decision making power in domestic, societal and national level. Encouraging women to engage in local production promotes responsible consumption and production pattern and also fosters domestic markets. As a result, it leads to rise in GDP level and boosts economic growth.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The next proposed stage of the project is to increase the living standard of women. It includes providing trainings related to cottage industries, agriculture, awaring them about the concepts of micro finance which have been helping the women to run small businesses. We would work for creating awareness among women regarding their skill development and how they can contribute to the society. Currently, we have focused upon the earthquake victims of Sindulpalchwok and Ramecchap districts who have lost their homes and source of incomes. We aim to provide a better platform for the women to work
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

This solution would require an investment of about $1 million -5 millions..... Currently, the organization itself, along with the support of families, friends and other individuals is bearing all the costs to fund our project. The funds collected are merely enough to initiate the project. We are seeking sponsors who will provide financial aid to implement this solution. Our organization have come up with ideas that will be benefiting society.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are various organizations in Nepal who have been involved in running programs for women empowerment. Organizations like Didi Bahini, Maiti Nepal, The Asia Foundation-Nepal are addressing the problem outlined here. The proposed project differs in the following ways: a) The project aims to empower women by providing them with the opportunity to work. b) The project especially targets the women who have lost their homes and sources of income from the earthquake. c) We tend to give importance to mounting the skills in the women which will help them throughout their life.
Team

Team

Prakash Tiwari Founder President Manish Raj Sah Vice President Rajan Tiwari Secretary Asmita Adhikar Treasurer Goma Bhattrai Volunteer Munira Paudel Volunteer Arohi Rimal Member Shiwani Adhikari Member
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