Scaling the Solution: How do you intend to scale your activities over the next two years (e.g., reach new markets, diversify solutions, etc.)? What will make this possible?
By August of 2014 we will bring into operation the fourth MUA campus and Maya Farm in Rautahat, which is considered to be the most illiterate & dangerous districts of Nepal, with 20 students. We have already talked to the community members of Rautahat who have agreed to support MUA fully with providing us land for our farms. We will initially provide training to 80 farmers. Also by September of 2014, on a 15 acre land we will start "the cheapest boarding school in Nepal".
Each year student body will increase by 15 per campus, and small scale loan receivers by 120 farmers. We hope to sustain every school with its school farm production by 2018. In ten years our first batch, the third-graders, will have been graduates for two years.
Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?
The community,parents and fertile land are our resources. We have 142 parents working 2 days a month, which is 284 a month. In 2013 we acquired 15 acres of land in Udayapur to house kids from far away to attend MUA. Our investment in acres:11 of Cardamom,4 of organic coffee,2 of oranges,1 of banana & pineapple,250 indigenous chickens,17 pigs,MUA Bracelet & briquette production unit. In 2012 we generated $12000 & we expect to increase in 2013.
Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Prior to MUA, during his time as a high school student I had been involved with several student led projects, and had fundraising experience. I started “Educating Nepal”, established a library in Bhojpur district of Nepal, and was a volunteer coordinator for “Minimally Invasive Education Nepal”. During my associate degree education in agriculture in Venezuela I worked as a consultant to a farm in Ecuador and led the school student council.