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Kavre Micro-enterprise Trade Fair 2012 inaugurated


Banepa (Kavre) 27 September 2012 - Mr Scott Dawson, First Assistant Director for South and West Asia of the AusAID and Ms Shoko Noda, Country Director of the UNDP, jointly inaugurated Kavre Micro-enterprise Trade Fair amid a function here yesterday.

After the inauguration, the AusAID team comprising Mr Dawson, Mr Ben Reese, First Secretary Development Cooperation at the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu, Ms Tara Gurung, Country Manager of AusAID and Ms Latika Maskey, Programme Manager, Health of AusAID, and Ms Shoko observed the expo with keen interest, interacted with micro-entrepreneurs and also purchased various goods from the entrepreneurs.

Dr Lakshman Pun, National Programme Manager of Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) apprised the team of various products of micro-enterprises and entrepreneurs and the struggles and successes of the entrepreneurs.

Prior to opening the  Trade Fair, the Australian team visited Bangdhunga in Tukucha Nala Village Development Committee (VDC) and observed Common Shoes, a shoe-making enterprise operated by a group of local Dalit people and promoted by MEDEP, observed the production process with keen interest and interacted with the entrepreneurs.

Interacting with the entrepreneurs, Mr Dawson said that he was happy to learn that with the support provided by the Australian Government through MEDEP, the poor Dalit people had been able to enhance their social and economic status.

 


Mr Scott Dawson, First Assistant Director for South and West Asia of the AusAID and Ms Shoko Noda, Country Director of the UNDP, jointly inaugurate Kavre Micro-enterprise Trade Fair 2012 at Banepa of Kavre district on 26 September.

There were 27 stalls of different products and micro-entrepreneurs from 10 districts participated in the trade fair. The two-day fair drew a large number of local visitors. The objective of the fair was to introduce the production of micro-entrepreneurs to the local people.

The team also observed a tomato farm in Bangdhunga the same afternoon. Mr Dawson was happy to learn that the poor farmers had been able not only to earn their living, but also to save some money from the vegetable farming. They have been producing high quality tomatoes which are mostly sold in Pokhara, a tourist city in the western part of Nepal.


Ms Buddhi Maya Sunar, (centre) a Micro-entrepreneur from Nawalparasi weaves Dhaka cloth on her traditional handloom during the National Micro-entrepreneurs' Trade Fair 2012.

The next day, the team visited Panauti and observed incense stick-making enterprise and interacted with women entrepreneurs with a keen interest. The team was happy to know that the women mostly from poor Tamang community had not only been able to earn and save money but were also socially empowered. Mr Dawson expressed happiness over the successful operation of the enterprise which made a 100% profit.

Later, the team visited a community of landless and conflict-affected community settled temporarily on the bank of the Roshi River and observed their products and interacted with the entrepreneurs.  The micro-entrepreneurs produce handicrafts like book shelves, kitchen racks, stools (Muda) and other items from bamboo and the plants of bamboo family. They also bought some goods and encouraged the entrepreneurs.

Mr Dawson expressed happiness over the sustainability of their micro-enterprise and the saving habit cultivated by the poor people.

 




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