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Farewell to RAP3 CONNECT Enterprise Graduates
by: ruth      on: 01 Feb, 2019

Yesterday, we bid farewell to 4 members of the RAP3 CONNECT team, Asmita Poudel, Manoranjan Regmi, Niva Shakya and Milipa Thapa.  Asmita, Manoranjan, Niva and Milipa all joined CONNECT as interns and progressed to become Enterprise Graduates, bringing with them enthusiasm, a desire to learn and a willingness to work at pace.  RAP3 Management would like to thank them all for their contribution and wish them all the best in future endeavours.

Hamri Didis in Dailekh first to sell NCELL re-charge cards
by: RAP 3      on: 17 Jan, 2019

Ncell, a private mobile network operator is collaborating with RAP 3 CONNECT, Unilever Nepal Limited, Bottlers Nepal Limited and Prabhu Bank Limited to sell their products through a network of 474 Hamri Didis.  You can read more about the partnership in our press release.

Hamri Didis in Dailekh are the first to realise this opportunity, and to date have invested NPR 16000 in recharge cards.

Seed producers in Dailekh complete refresher training
by: RAP 3      on: 14 Jan, 2019

CONNECT’s private sector partner Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC) successfully delivered 2 days of refresher training for 23 Yuva Vayus on 23rd and 24th December.  The training was delivered by HSPC’s JTA Bhes Bahadur Shahi with support from CONNECT.  Topics covered by the training included seed nursery management, crop rotation, tomato-fertilizer top dressing, pest management control, quality vegetable and seed production, harvesting, timely seed management and marketing.

Farewell to RAP3 CONNECT, Doti staff
by: RAP 3      on: 04 Jan, 2019

As a part of RAP3 exit plan, RAP3 CONNECT, DOTI bid farewell to its outgoing staff including AT- Chandra Kala Rai, Office Assistant - Ganesh K.C., Messenger - Buddi Ram Chaudhary, SCDM - Sher Bahadur Bohara (transferred to Regional Office, Nepalgunj) and Driver Narayan Magar (transferred to cluster office, Achham) on 29th December 2018. Their contribution to the successful implementation of CONNECT project activities are much appreciated by RAP3 Management and their own colleagues in the CONNECT team. All at RAP3 CONNECT would like wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.

External Audit of RAP3 CONNECT, Doti completed
by: RAP 3      on: 21 Dec, 2018

The external audit team from TR Upadhaya and Co. Sagar Acharya and Sushil Parajuli arrived in Doti accompnaied by Purushotam Sharma, RAP3 Senior Accounts Manager on 18 December 2018 to undertake a scheduled audit of RAP3 CONNECT financial and administrative activities for the period of July 2017 to November 2018. The audit was carried out over 2 days on 19 & 20 December 2018.  The team reviewed financial activities including programme payments & expenses, the expenditure of CONNECT, CONNECT partner invoices, attendance registers & staff time sheets, motorbike & vehicle logbooks and programme reports. The audit team also verified the asset & non-asset inventory.

After completion of the audit all financial vouchers and related documents for the period July 2017 to November 2018 are being sent to RAP3 Regional Office, Nepalgunj.

Farmers in Sahajpur register with Badikedar Municipality
by: ruth      on: 19 Dec, 2018

11 farmer groups in Organic Mountain Flavor's (OMF) downstream supply chain have completed the registration process.  With registration completed, ginger farmers can now request financial and technical support from Badikedar Municipality. 

Earlier in the month CONNECT and OMF provided Badikedar Municipality Officers with an update on our partnership and join activities in Sahajpur, Doti.

 

Seed producers in Dailekh start selling seeds, fungicides and insecticides to local farming communities
by: RAP 3      on: 18 Dec, 2018

Yuva Vayus in Dailekh have been linked with the local agrovet so they can sell seeds, fungicides and insecticides to local farming communities. Yuva Vayus purchase goods from the agrovet on 30 days credit and earn commission on sales.

The Yuva Vayus are all farmers in CONNECT partner Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative's (HSPC) supply chain, and have received training from HSPC staff.  Now, in addition to sharing their new skills and knowledge with farmers in their communities, they can support the shift to commercial agriculture by selling agricultural inputs at the farm gate. 

Similarly, Yuva Vayus in Belpata Dairy Cooperative's supply chain are selling veterinary medicines to farmers in their communities, earning commission between 2 and 10%. 

Read more about how Yuva Vayus are supporting farmers to shift from subsistence to commercial agriculture.

Ginger harvest starts in Sahajpur, Doti
by: RAP 3      on: 18 Dec, 2018

The ginger harvest has begun and CONNECT partner Organic Mountain Flavor Pvt Ltd (OMF) has started collecting ginger in Sahajpur, Doti. 

OMF anticipates collecting approximately 165 MT from farmers in the Sahajpur supply chain this year.  Up from 125 MT collected from the same area last year.

Read more about OMF's partnership with CONNECT

Hamri Didis add NCELL re-charge cards to their basket of goods
by: RAP 3      on: 14 Dec, 2018

NCELL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RAP3 CONNECT to offer over 400 women the opportunity to become retailers of NCELL re-charge cards.

“We are pleased to partner with RAP3 CONNECT to offer income generating opportunities to women starting in remote areas of Province 6 and 7 of Nepal. The partnership is in line with our commitment to create sustainable business opportunities to the communities we operate in, contributing in small ways we can to improve lives of people this initiative brings,” said Andy Chong, Chief Commercial Officer of Ncell.

The MoU will benefit women micro-entrepreneurs associated with RAP3 CONNECT by adding NCELL recharge cards in their sales basket, enabling them to function as retailers of the company. NCELL hopes this will support the women to secure sustainable incomes, and also enable some of them to build their business to sell e-charge and SIM cards in the future.

With the MoU, NCELL joins an existing partnership between RAP3 CONNECT, Unilever Nepal Limited (UNL), Bottlers Nepal Limited (BNL) and Prabhu Bank Limited (PBL) that is working to enable women in remote areas of Province 6 and 7 to establish small businesses. 

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RAP3 shares lessons from the CONNECT pilot with MDFN
by: RAP 3      on: 14 Dec, 2018

Yesterday, RAP3 hosted the 8th Market Development Forum Nepal (MDFN) learning event and presented lessons from the CONNECT pilot.

MDFN Convener, Mr Bharat Upadhyay, chaired the meeting and RAP3 CONNECT Team Leader, Ruth McPake presented on behalf of RAP3.  There followed an engaging discussion on CONNECT's approach to selecting partners, access to finance, organic certification and where CONNECT fits within the context of M4P.

MDFN was formed to enable like-minded development practitioners to share knowledge and experience, and to learn about new ideas for pro-poor market development.  Read more about the forum on their website (link is external)