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NAST Future Entrepreneurs Club appoint new Executive Committee
by: RAP 3      on: 18 Jun, 2018

The CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club in Dhangadhi, established in partnership with Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, has appointed a new Executive Committee.

In addition to appointing a 33 member Executive Committee including President, Thirendra Gadshila, Vice President, Sweta Thapa, Treasurer, Rajesh Kapadi and Secretary, Dev Raj Kandel 30 new members joined the club.  The Committee's first task will be to lead members to re-activate the club run business and produce a calendar ready to sell to Acamdeny staff and students at the start of the new financial year.

CONNECT partners HSPC and PACC sign 5 year agreement for the supply of vegetable seed
by: ruth      on: 18 Jun, 2018

CONNECT business partners, Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC) and Pawan Agriculture Cooperative (PACC) have renewed their agreement for the supply of vegetable seed (onion, pea, cucumber, radish, bean, spinach, tomato, lady’s finger and bitter guard) for a further five years. The agreement makes reliable, high quality seeds readily available to small farmers in PACC's supply chain and the steady demand enables HSPC to plan for future expansion with confidence. 

PACC will purchase 203.5 kg of seed from HSPC annually over the course of five years, at a total value of 103,500 NPR per year.  Long term contracts like this one are benefiting hundreds of farmers in both PACC and HSPC’s downstream supply chains. 

Three irrigation ponds constructed in Dullu, Dailekh
by: ruth      on: 07 Jun, 2018

Hatemalo Seed Promotion Centre (HSPC) have, with support from RAP3 CONNECT and co-investment from Dullu Municipality and the local communities completed the construction of three irrigation ponds in Dullu, Dailekh. In total, HSPC are investing to build 4 irrigation ponds that will irrigate 8200 ha of land, benefiting 350 households. 

Last year, HSPC invested in three new ponds and repaired two others in Malika, Dailekh to the benefit of 159 farmers in their supply chain.

This access to irrigation will improve productivity of farmers’ land and strengthen HSPC’s supply chain.

DFID Nepal Annual Review of CONNECT interventions
by: RAP 3      on: 07 Jun, 2018

Suman Baidya, Rudriksha Parajuli and Smita Bajracharya from DFID Nepal were in Dailekh earlier this week visiting CONNECT interventions as part of their annual review of RAP3.

On 5 June 2018, the team visited two of CONNECT's three MSME partners in Dailekh.  First, they visited Belpata Dairy Cooperative to meet the Executive Committe and Yuva Vayus who currently receiving Village Animal Health Worker training and secondly, Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative where they meet Co-operative staff members, farmers in the supply chain and Yuva Vayus. 

On 6 June, Rudriksha met with Future Entrepreneur Club members to learn about the copy book business they have initiated and their plans for the coming year; representatives of the District Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss their plans to implement a 33% reservation for women on their Executive Committee and their role in supporting Municipal level chambers; the proprietor of Regmi Mandi,  who buys fresh vegetables from our third MSME Partner, Pawan Agricultre Collection Centre and Hamri Didis.

Future Entrepreneurs participate in business plan writing workshop
by: RAP 3      on: 04 Jun, 2018

RAP3 CONNECT have partnered with YUNUS Social Business Centre (YSBC) to deliver a business plan writing workshop for Future Entrepreneurs' Club (FEC) members in Dhangadhi.

60 FEC members are participating in the two day event, a pre curser to the YSBC Social Business Challenge. 

Read more about CONNECT FECs and YSBC Social Business Challenge.

The two day event opened with a panel discussion "fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem in regional context of Nepal" chaired by CEO of Young Innovations, Mr Bibhusan Bista.  The panel included President, Nepalese Young Entrepreneurship Forum, Mr Narottam Aryal, Principal / Executive Director, King's College, from Daraz Online Shopping, Kathamnandu, Mr Susobhan Manandhar, Principal, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Mr Shivahari Sharma Mudhbhari, local entrepreneur Mr Dinesh Bhandari and Chief Guest Mayor of Dhangadhi, Mr Nirpa Bahadur Odd

Last week 10 students from the CONNECT FEC in Dailekh attended a similar workshop in Nepalgunj, taking both first and second prize for their business plans.

Congratulations to @RAP3CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club members for winning first prize at yesterday's Business Incubation workshop - more on our website - https://t.co/NCj1NRmRTN pic.twitter.com/u5xOBx0Umz

Future Entrepreneurs' Club members win first prize for Tapari business plan
by: ruth      on: 29 May, 2018

40 students, including ten RAP3 CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club members from Narayan Campus, Dailekh, participated in a business incubation workshop in Nepalgunj today.  The workshop was delivered by Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) in collaboration with RAP3 CONNECT.

We're delighted to announce that a team of students from Narayan Campus - Hariyo paat, sabai ko sath - won first prize for their business plan for Tapari (leaf plates).  The second team from Narayan Campus developed a business model to empower single women, providing women with the raw materials to make candles and offering a basic salary plus commission. 

YSBC runs the Social Business Challenge, an incubation programme for aspiring student entrepreneurs aimed at encouraging youth to create innovative business ideas and offering incubation, facilitation and financial support.  RAP3 CONNECT has partnered with  YSBC to deliver workshops in the Mid and Far West of Nepal.

FEC members attend business workshop
by: RAP 3      on: 27 May, 2018

Members of the RAP3 CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club, established in partnership with Narayan Campus, Dailekh, participated in a business workshop earlier today.  Club members came up with small business ideas and worked in groups to turn their business ideas into business plans before presenting their businesses to a panel of Narayan Campus Faculty. 

 

400 women micro-entrepreneurs receive training from Unilever, Bottlers Nepal and Prabhu Bank
by: RAP 3      on: 20 May, 2018

Unilever Nepal Limited, Bottlers Nepal Limited and Prabhu Bank Limited have come together to deliver training to 400 women entrepreneurs.

To date, 400 women in six districts in the Mid and Far Western Development Regions have been appointed as Unilever Hamri Didis, in partnership with RAP3 CONNECT.   The ‘Hamri Didi’ initiative appoints women as direct-to-consumer sales agents, aiming to empower underprivileged women as change agents within their communities by providing them with knowledge on health and sanitation and sustainable income generating opportunities. 

Bottlers Nepal Limited (BNL), authorised bottler of The Coca-Cola Company, has joined the partnership to sell their products through his vibrant network of women micro-entrepreneurs.  In addition, BNL has provided all 400 Hamri Didis with 5by20 training - 5by20 is the Coca-Cola Company's global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entpreneurs by 2020.

200 women from RAP3 core districts Dailekh and Jumla attended training in Nepalgunj last week, receiving a certificate of completion from Director, Nepalgunj NRB on 11 May and 200 women from RAP3 core districts Achham, Bajura, Dadeldhura and Doti are in Dhangadhi from 16 to 17 May, participating in a graduation ceremony on 18 May.

The women received UNL and BNL product and sales training, BNL 5by20 training, financial literacy training and guidance on business registration. 

Yuva Vayus start Village Animal Health Worker Training
by: RAP 3      on: 16 May, 2018

Belpata Dairy Cooperative (BDC), in collaboration with Madhya-Paschim Technical School and RAP3 CONNECT is delivering Village Animal Health Worker (VAHW) training to Yuva Vayus (YVs) in its supply chain. 

After completing the 45 days training programme, the Yuva Vayus are expected to share their knowledge with their communities and provide technical services to other farmers in BDC's supply chain.

Read more about Yuva Vayus and Belpata Dairy Cooperative.

PACC renew contract with Regmi Mandi
by: RAP 3      on: 02 May, 2018

CONNECT’s partner Pawan Agriculture Collection Center (PACC) have renewed their contract with Regmi Mandi for a further 5 years. With CONNECT’s support PACC have agreed to supply Regmi Mandi 865 MT of fresh vegetables annually including 150 MT of cabbages, 100 MT of cauliflower, 180 MT of potatoes, 150 MT of tomatoes, 80 MT of cucumber, 50 MT of onion, 30 MT of beans, 25 MT of bitter-gourd, 20 MT of brinjal, and 30 MT of pumpkin.