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Yuva Vayu (a Nepali word which translates as Youth Wind in English) is the CONNECT response to traditional social mobilisers. Physically able and active young women who are hungry for change, ambitious for self, family and community and currently engaged in activities being promoted by CONNECT partners are chosen to take on leadership roles mobilizing, energizing and shepherding the commercial farmer clusters they belong to.

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

At the end of CONNECT's first year 427 Yuva Vayus have been appointed and all of them have completed training sessions covering cost of production, price setting and sales strategy.

As part of our work to improve the entrepreneurial landscape in the Mid and Far West, particularly for women and youth, CONNECT is advocating for increased participation of women DCCI members and particularly their increased participation on Executive Committees.  Our reform paper 'Female Representation on District Chamber of Commerce & Industry Executive Committees' which recommends a minimum reservation of 33% form women members of the DCCI Executive Committee has been passed by two districts, Dailekh and Doti. 

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Jumla DCCI commit to increase female representation on Executive Committee
by: RAP 3      on: 17 Sep, 2018

Jumla District Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) has committed to increase the minimum number of reserved seats for women on their Executive Committee to 33%.

The DCCI tabled and agreed to pass RAP3 CONNECT’s policy reform “Female Representation on District Chamber of Commerce & Industry Executive Committees" recommending a minimum reservation of 33% for women members at their Annual General Meeting on 16th September 2018.

To date, Bajua, Dadeldhura, Dailekh and Doti DCCIs have passed the policy reform paper.  Last week, Doti DCCI held their first Executive Committee election since adopting the reform and successfully appointed 7 women to the Committee, exceeding the 33% minimum.

Young Entrepreneurs from Dailekh awarded NPR 50,000 for their business idea
by: ruth      on: 11 Sep, 2018

Three young entrepreneurs, members of the CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club (FEC) in Dailekh, were among participants at the YUNUS Social Business Challenge 2018 and were awarded investment of NPR 50,000 for their business plan “Hariyo Paat Sabaiko Saath”.

In total ten teams pitched their business ideas at the final round of the YUNUS Social Business Challenge held in Kathmandu on 26th August 2018, including two teams of FEC members.

RAP3 CONNECT partnered with YUNUS Social Business Centre (YSBC) to deliver business plan writing workshops for FEC members in Dhangadhi and Neplagunj and to link FEC members to new opportunities for learning and a wider network of aspiring entrepreneurs and mentors.  

CONNECT has establish two FECs, in partnership with National Academy of Science and Technology, Dhangadhi and Narayan Campus, Dailekh, to create platforms that inspire youth, enable them to develop business ideas and share with broader networks to access mentoring and incubation support.  

Read more about the Future Enrepreneurs' Clubs. 

DCCI Doti exceeds 33% target for women Executive Committee members
by: ruth      on: 10 Sep, 2018

The District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Doti held its first Executive Committee election since amending their constitution to include a reservation of 33% seats for women on the Executive Committee.   

1114 members voted in the election on 8th September 2018, electing six women and nine men.  At the first meeting the outgoing President and two further Committee members, one male and one female, will be appointed. 

The newly formed committee will have 18 members,  39% of them women, exceeding the minimum reservation.

 

Doti DCCI encourages membership of women business owners
by: RAP 3      on: 30 Aug, 2018

RAP 3 CONNECT is working with Doti District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) to increase female membership and female representation on the DCCI's Executive Committee. 

During CONNECT's first year of implementation, Doti DCCI passed our policy reform paper “Female Representation on DCCI Executive Committees” which recommends a minimum reservation of 33% for women members.

Doti DCCI are encouraging women business owners to join and promoting the 33% reserved seats for women ahead of the upcoming DCCI Executive Committe election to be held on 8th September 2018.

Bajura DCCI to increase number of women on their Executive Committee
by: RAP 3      on: 29 Mar, 2018

The Bajura District Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) has committed to increasing the minimum number of reserved seats for women on their Executive Committee to 33%.

The DCCI tabled and agreed to pass RAP3 CONNECT’s policy reform “Female Representation on DCCI Executive Committees’ recommending a minimum reservation of 33% for women members at their Annual General Meeting.

Last year the DCCI’s in Dadeldhura, Dailekh and Doti passed the same reform.

Yuva Vayus receive training on organic farming practices
by: RAP 3      on: 29 Mar, 2018

Yuva Vayus in Organic Mountain Flavor's (OMF) supply chain have received further training on organic farming practices and organic certification, another step on their journey to becoming leaders in their communities and an important link between their micro business clusters and OMF.

 

Yuva Vayus renew contracts between farmers and the businesses they supply
by: RAP 3      on: 20 Feb, 2018

Yuva Vayus, CONNECT's response to the traditional social mobiliser, have been working with CONNECT field staff in Dailekh to renew contracts between downstream suppliers and the businesses they supply. 

Yuva Vayus (YVs) are members of the Micro-Business Clusters (MBCs) that make up MSME Partners’ downstream supplier networks. They are high potential individuals who have volunteered to take a leadership role in mobilizing, activating, energizing and nurturing their MBCs for long term economic growth. You can learn more about Yuva Vayus here.

There are currently 147 YVs in Dailekh, across three of CONNECT's MSME partners' supply chains - Belpata Dairy Co-operative, Hatemalo Seed Promotion Coo-operative and Pawan Agriculture Collection Centre.   The YVs conduct regular meetings with farmers in their MBCs, act as a point of contact between the businesses and farmers and disseminate the training they receive to other farmers in their MBCs. 

We expect YVs to lead the contract renewal process next year as they cement their role as leaders and as a link between their MBCs and the businesses they supply.

Yuva Vayus in Dailekh graduate level two
by: RAP 3      on: 14 Feb, 2018

Yuva Vayus (YVs) in Pawan Agriculture Collection Centre (PACC) and Belpata Dairy Cooperative's (BDC) supply chains have graduated to level 2 having completed training, increased their production and maintained regular contact with farmers in their MBCs and the businesses they supply.

In addition to principles of MBC management PACC YVs recevied training on production of seasonal and off-seasonal vegetables, pest management and control, and vegetable marketing and management and BDC YVs received training on quality milk production, shed maintenance, and marketing of milk.

 

CONNECT advocates for increased seats for women on DCCI Executive Committees
by: RAP 3      on: 15 Jan, 2018

CONNECT is working with District Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) to encourage women to join DCCI Executive Committees, advocating for policy reform to increase the number of reserved seats for women to a minimum 33%.  To date, Dailekh, Dadeldhura and Doti have passed the policy reform. 

To help raise awareness of the policy reform and the increased number of seats reserved for women Bikash Ko Bato broadcast an episode focusing on women in business.  In the episode you will hear DCCI members and women in business talk about the experiences of women in business and what they think can be done to increase female participation in DCCI Executive Committees.

You can listen to the episode here:  https://soundcloud.com/afn-antenna/bikash-ko-bato-024

Newly appointed Yuva Vayus in Dullu receive training
by: RAP 3      on: 01 Dec, 2017

The CONNECT team in Dailekh, Kushal Hamal and Birsha Nepali alongside Bhawana Dairy Chairperson, Tulsi Regmi delivered training on cost of production, price setting, sales strategy and RAP3's Code of Conduct to 6 Yuva Vayus (YV) in Dullu. 

Read more about Yuva Vayus

CONNECT's partner Belpata Dairy Co-operative (BDC) has recently expanded their downstream supply chain to Dullu, in partnership with Bhawana Dairy.  The newly appointed Yuva Vayus are in-community volunteers that will lead the farmer groups within BDC's expanded supply chain.

CONNECT Yuva Vayu secures paid employment with local NGO
by: RAP 3      on: 17 Oct, 2017

Tara Rawal, a Yuva Vayu in our partner HSPC’s downstream supply chain has found employment with a local NGO, Adaption for Smallholders in Hilly Areas (ASHA).  Yuva Vayus are in-community volunteers that have chosen to take on leadership roles mobilising, energising and shepherding the commercial farmer clusters they belong to.  We are delighted that Tara has now secured paid employment as a Social Mobiliser at ASHA - a climate change adaptation project that builds communities’ capacity to tackle the consequences of climate change. This is a fantastic opportunity for Tara and CONNECT wishes her well as she builds her own career while continuing to support her community.

Dadeldhura DCCI to raise minimum reserved number of seats on their Executive Committee to 33%
by: RAP 3      on: 17 Sep, 2017

The Dadeldhura District Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) has committed to increasing the minimum number of reserved seats for women on their Executive Committee to 33%.

At the Annual General Meeting held on 11 September, the DCCI tabled and unanimously agreed to pass RAP3 CONNECT’s policy reform “Female Representation on DCCI Executive Committees’ recommending a minimum reservation of 33% for women members.

Earlier this year the DCCI’s in Dailekh and Doti passed the same reform and are increasing the number of women on their Executive Committees at the next round of DCCI elections.