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Unilever Nepal Limited Hamri Didis

"Economically empowered women are vital for development.  It is my pleasure to know that Unilever and Prabhu Bank Ltd are jointly working on empowering women through RAP 3 CONNECT" noted Dr. Chiranjibi Nepal, Governor, Central Bank Nepal. 

100 high potential women, the Hamri Didis ('our sisters') have been selected by CONNECT, and trained and appointed by Unilever Nepal Limited as rural sales agents.  Prabhu Bank is lending start-up capital.  Thanks to this partnership rural communities now have access to essential health and sanitation products and income generating opportunities.  Meanwhile, Unilever and Prabhu Bank can reach their products and services to last mile markets.  

"As a Hamri Didi, I earn the money I need to send my children to school" says Tankeshwori Tamrakar

The Hamri Didi alliance will set up 600 Hamri Didis in business and create 8 full time jobs for supervisors by the end of 2018.  At the end of CONNECT's first year, 382 Hamri Didis, across six districts have been appointed and 228 of them are actively trading with total billing to date of NPR 3,332,558.

Unilever Nepal Limited  is one of Nepal’s largest businesses and has successfully piloted the Hamri Didis progamme in East Nepal.  UNL is now investing in the training and mentoring of women entrepreneurs in CONNECT districts and has established regional dealers who are willing to supply small quantities of goods to Hamri Didis in remote areas.

Prabhu Bank Limited is one of the fastest growing private sector banks in Nepal with deep rural market penetration and has committed to directly provide loans for start-up capital, thus reducing the initial costs for the Hamri Didis. This is a significant step forward by a private sector bank in Nepal to support micro and small enterprises.

Listen to interviews with Hamri Didis in Achham and Doti.

 

Resources

IMC Worldwide wins ACE Collaboration Champion of the Year Award
Press Release

IMC Worldwide wins Collaboration Champion of the Year Award for UKaid funded RAP3 CONNECT partnership with Unilever Nepal Limited
a public private initiative to promote female entrepreneurs.

Press Release: Unilever Nepal, RAP3 CONNECT and Prabhu Bank investing to promote Women Entrepreneurs
Press Release

Three organizations from the development, banking and private sectors are joining hands to launch a Programme in partnership to enable 100 high potential women in the Mid Western and Far Western Development Regions of Nepal to set-up small businesses.

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