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Documentaries, Book and Catalogue released


Kathmandu, 7 March 2013 - Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, launched 10 documentary films of successful women entrepreneurs amid a function on the eve of International Women's Day here today.

Short documentary films of Ms Kalpana Chaudhary, Ms Chitra Kali Budhamagar, Ms Pauwa Badi, Ms Durga Danuwar, Ms Meena Kumal, Ms Debaki Dhamala, Ms Pinky Devi Das, Ms Parbati Rai, Ms Kesh Kumari Pariyar, and Ms Asha Chaudhary were launched to pay respect to the industrious women who have been able to bring positive changes in their respective communities and field of enterprises.

Launching the documentaries, Her Excellency said that Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) had been making a significant contribution to reducing poverty through the creation of enterprises promoting poor women and people from the marginalized communities.
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Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace releases a book entitled "Micro-Enterprise Development for Poverty Alleviation Volume I".


"I am happy to see the positive changes brought about in the lives of the poor and marginalised women and those filmed are the representatives of more than 55,000 micro-entrepreneurs including men and women) by MEDEP so far. I am convinced that the support extended by the Australian Government has been producing positive results," she remarked.

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Her Excellency Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace and Ms Yam Kumari Khatiwada, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and National Programme Director of MEDEP, jointly launch "Micro-Entrepreneurs' Products Portfolio" a catalogue of various products of micro-entrepreneurs supported by MEDEP.
Ms Shoko Noda, Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said that MEDEP had been contributing to alleviating poverty by creating employment opportunities among the rural poor. She thanked the Australian ambassador for the taking the initiative to document the successes of the women entrepreneurs which could be source of inspiration for the potential entrepreneurs. She added that the UNDP would support the creation of micro-enterprises in the days to come.

Ms Kesh Kumari Pariyar, Chair of the National Micro-Entrepreneurs' Federation of Nepal (NMEFEN), pointed out the need for documenting the success of other women entrepreneurs as well. "There are hundreds of such successful women entrepreneurs operating enterprises in the far-flung areas of Nepal. The government, the UNDP and MEDEP should cover the story of such women," she said.

Ms Yam Kumari Khatiwada, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, and National Programme Director of MEDEP, said that the government had accorded top priority to creating micro-enterprise, thereby empowering women and marginalized people. "The government, as part of its overarching goal of poverty alleviation, has planned to implement the MEDEP model as Micro-Enterprise Development for Poverty Alleviation (MEDPA) in all 75 districts within coming five years, "she said.
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Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace (standing sixth from right) poses for a group photograph with the celebrated 10 women entrepreneurs and staff from AusAID, MEDEP, film makers, and other women entrepreneurs.


She also thanked the Australian Government and the UNDP for providing financial and technical support through MEDEP for alleviating poverty and empowering the most marginalized communities of Nepal.

Film maker Ms Loonibha Tuladhar, introduced the 10 women entrepreneurs briefly and spoke about the film making and also introduced the crew members of her team.

Mr Kevin Tse, the Australian Youth Volunteer, spoke about the documentary-making and felicitated the 10 women entrepreneurs by offering scarves.

Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace released a book entitled "Micro-Enterprise Development for Poverty Alleviation Volume I", and Her Excellency and Ms Yam Kumari Khatiwada jointly launched "Micro-Entrepreneurs' Products Portfolio" a catalogue of various products of micro-entrepreneurs supported by MEDEP.

The book consists the synopsis of 22 theses written by students of various campuses for the partial fulfillment of their requirements at Bachelor's and Master's levels while the catalogue enlists 12 non-perishable different products of micro-entrepreneurs, published with an objective of introducing the products to national and international potential buyers.

Kutumba, a known musical band which had composed music for the 12 short films of the successful women entrepreneurs, also performed live on the occasion.

 




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