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HE visits different districts and observes MEDEP activities

Kathmandu, 15 March 2013 - Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, visited the fishery, a group enterprise, at Silorwa Pachhuwari in the bordering village in Siraha district and observed the enterprise. After the observation, Her Excellency interacted with the micro-entrepreneurs promoted by Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) on 11 March, the second day of her tour.

Addressing the industrious entrepreneurs, Her Excellency said that she was quite happy with the progress made by the entrepreneurs as they were able to earn a better income resulting in improved health and education of the families involved in fishery enterprise.

On 12, Her Excellency visited Everest Shoe, a shoe-making enterprise primarily focused on making shoes for disabled people, which now produces ladies and gents shoes as well. She interacted with the entrepreneurs and expressed satisfaction over their progress. Then she held meeting with the Chief District Officer (CDO), Mr Hari Raj Panta, Local Development Officer (LDO) Mr Krishna Sapkota and the chief of security in the district at the CDO Office. She said that MEDEP was in transition of the third and the fourth phases.
Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, (fourth from right) observes a micro-entrepreneur, belonging to Shree Ram Micro-Entrepreneurs' Group, making a clay pot at his workshop in Janakpur, Dahnusha district.

Dr Lakshman Pun, National Programme Manager (NPM) of MEDEP, explained about the working approaches of MEDEP while Mr Nava Raj Pokharel, Programme Officer, pointed out the need for additional human resource for effectively implementing MEDEP in the district.

Later she visited Janaki Micro-Entrepreneurs' Group at Inaruwa Village Development Committee (VDC) ward no. 3 Inaruwa, observed pottery enterprise and interacted with entrepreneurs. Then she visited vegetable farming at Maleth VCD ward no 2, Maleth, observed the field and interacted with farmers. The entrepreneurs had been doing a good business and had been using integrated pest management system, which is good for human health and the environment.

Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, receives a warm welcome from the villagers in Janakpur and walks towards a Common Facility Centre of Shree Ram Micro-Entrepreneurs' Group in Janakpur, Dhanusha district.
After that Her Excellency's team visited flute-making enterprises at Bangha, interacted with the entrepreneurs and inquired about the potential of flute enterprise. Five families have been involved in flute-making in the village.

On 13, Her Excellency visited Shree Ram Micro-Entrepreneurs' Group which had been producing clay pots and interacted with the entrepreneurs. A total of 21 members have been involved in the group. After that she visited a Muslim community involved in vegetable farming at Paudeshwar VDC, ward no. 8 Chhitkaiya and interacted with the Muslim-only entrepreneurs. The group have farming vegetables in 3.5 hectare of land.

She also held a meeting with the CDO, LDO and security chief of Dhanusha in the afternoon. Both the CDO and LDO said that they were familiar with MEDEP as they had experience working in MEDEP-implemented districts previously. They said that MEDEP had been aligned and harmonized with the programmes of the government.

Then Her Excellency visited Janakpur Women Development Centre (JWDC) at Kuwa VDC ward no.12, Kuwa and interacted with the women involved in Mithila art enterprise.

Dr Lakshman Pun, interacting with the women entrepreneurs, suggested the JWDC to register it as a private company for the sustainability of the centre. As the centre is registered as a non-governmental organization, it cannot earn profit which is inevitable for its sustainability, it should go for a private company, he added. He also advised them to train more young women in order to sustain it. Dr Pun also suggested the group of 39 women entrepreneurs to formulate strategy, protect intellectual property rights through registration and branding and developing marketing strategy.

In the afternoon, MEDEP team consisting Dr Pun, Ms Sita Bantha Magar, Agro-Enterprise Specialist, Ram Sharan Sedhai, Communication and Documentation Specialist, Mr Uttam Mani Dhungana, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and Mr Shyam Pokharel, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, visited Rural Community Development Service Council at Jaleshwar Municipality ward no. 5 and interacted with a group of ice-cream vending entrepreneurs and Laha Bengal entrepreneurs at ward no.1 and interacted with the women entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs said that they happy with their enterprise and the ice-cream-vending entrepreneurs expressed the views that they would go for ice-cream-making enterprise.

Her Excellency's team comprised Dr Lakshman Pun, Ms Tara Gurung, AusAID Country Manager, Mr Krishna Karki, Research officer at the Australian Embassy, Ms Sabita Koirala, Micro-Enterprise Specialist, Ms Sita Bantha Magar, Agro-Enterprise Specialist, Ram Sharan Sedhai, Communication and Documentation Specialist, Mr Uttam Mani Dhungana and Mr Shyam Pokharel, Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, of MEDEP.

The next day, on 14, the MEDEP team held a meeting with the representatives from district Micro-Entrepreneurs' Groups, Business Development Service Providers and MEDEP staff at Bardibas, Mahottari in the morning. Dr Pun suggested them ways for working more effectively in the days to come. He also suggested them to keep the record of micro-enterprises and entrepreneurs in excel sheets and to keep the records of replicating micro-entrepreneurs.

The same day the MEDEP team visited Sangrampur in Sarlahi districts and interacted with various entrepreneurs. Dr Pun also laid a foundation stone of a Common Facility Centre building at Sangrampur. After that the team visited Fulbari Micro-Entrepreneurs' Group involved in bamboo stool-making enterprise at Kalinjor VDC ward no.8 Fuljor and interacted with the entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining the team of Her Excellency, on 10 March Dr Pun, Ms Magar and Sedhai along with other MEDEP staff visited different enterprises at Sindhuli, held meeting with the stakeholders at Sindhuli DDC. In the meeting with Udayapur DDC on 11 March Ms Tara Gurung was also present. Dr Pun spoke about the MEDEP model in both meetings.


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