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CONNECT’s partnership with Unilever is reaching more women
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Mar, 2017

CONNECT is expanding it's partnership with Unilever Nepal Limited, and together we have selected and appointed 26 Hamri Didis in Dadeldhura.  This takes the total number of CONNECT Hamri Didis appointed to date to 122 across 6 Districts. 94 of them have started trading and have invested NPR 1,591,266.  Read more about our Hamri Didis.

DFID Nepal team meet Future Entrepreneurs in Dhangadhi
by: ruth      on: 27th Mar, 2017

A cross office team from DFID Nepal are in the Far West this week to meet organisations and individuals working with CONNECT, particularly women involved in CONNECT’s downstream supply chains, female staff working for CONNECT’s Business Partners and women appointed as CONNECT Unilever Nepal direct to door sales agents. 

The team’s first stop was the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) for the formal exchange of the Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of CONNECT’s first Future Entrepreneurs Club and to meet student members of the club. 

 

Yuva Vayus in Achham complete level one training
by: ruth      on: 25th Mar, 2017

Mr Rudra Kunwar, CONNECT business partner and owner of Shree Kunwar Kirana General Store (SKKGS) met with Yuva Vayus representing the micro business clusters in his down-stream supply chain earlier this week. Following completion of level one training each Yuva Vayu was awarded a RAP 3 cap by Mr Kunwar.

The training session focused on a case study aimed at promoting an understanding of price setting and cost of production - a crucial first step in commercial knowledge building as they become leaders within their communities. Being equipped with an understanding of how markets function is key for them to successfully deliver their role as 'promoters' of active participation of their communities in Mr. Kunwar's supply chain.

This intervention will, by creating a collective identity, give hundreds of young women an opportunity to build confidence and voice within the communities they live in.

Ginger farmers in Doti open bank accounts
by: ruth      on: 13th Mar, 2017

30 ginger farmers of which 23 are female in Barchain VDC, Doti have opened accounts with Prabhu Bank Limited (PBL).  With RAP 3 CONNECT's support representatives of PBL's Dhanghadi branch travelled to BP Nagar, Doti, taking the bank to the farm gate.  This new approach, alongside a simplified account application process is bringing farmers into the formal financial system.

At a small event Mr. Nanda Raj Joshi, PBL Dhanghadi Branch Manager and Mr. Ravi Joshi, PBL Dhangadhi Loan Officer met with ginger farmers engaged in the down stream supply chain of CONNECT business partner, Organic Mountain Flavor.  Mr Joshi explained the value chain financing process, that will enable farmers to grow more ginger, before handing over cheque books to the farmers.  

During the event PBL accepted applications from more farmers to open accounts.

 

Women and RAP
by: RAP 3      on: 9th Mar, 2017

On the occasion of International Women’s Day - Women and RAP – a photo exhibition celebrating the many women that have contributed to and benefited from RAP  at our offices in Kathmandu, Nepal on 8th March 2017.

The exhibition, attended by representatives of Government of Nepal, DFID Nepal, IMC Worldwide UK and RAP partners Prabhu Bank, Unilever Nepal, Organic Mountain Flavour, Idea Studio Nepal, Antenna Foundation and other stakeholders, was opened by UK Ambassador to Nepal, His Excellency Mr Richard Morris alongside RAP staff members Usha Poudel, the most recent female recruit and Maiya Maharjan, the longest serving female member of the team. 

Over 250 guests visited the exhibition over the course of the day, including students from Reliance Public School, Alliance International Academy and Kathmandu University School of Management. 

The exhibition featured photographs of female farmers that are supplying RAP 3 CONNECT’s business partners, women employed to build and maintain road networks, women that have been set up in business as Unilever direct sales agents and women working directly for RAP, across all three phases of the programme.