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Micro-Enterprise Trade Fair held in Kavre

Kathmandu, 8 May 2013 - A two-day Micro-Enterprise Trade Fair and Exposition organized by micro-entrepreneurs of different districts from 7-8 at Banepa of Kavrepalanchok district concluded today.

Micro-entrepreneurs from six districts viz. Kavrepalanchok, Sindhupalchok, Ramechhap, Dolakha, Nuwakot and Rasuwa participated in the trade fair with their respective products and services. The entrepreneurs displayed goods and services including Dhaka products, cut flower (rose) Thanka painting, Allo products, leather goods (shoes, bags and purses) woollen products, tailoring and boutique, food items (Pushtakari, Chhurpi, juice, jam, nettle powder, coffee, pickle), incense sticks, soap, herbal soap, Lapsi and ginger products, bio-briquette, Tapari (leaf plate), Madal (a traditional Nepali musical instrument), Nepali Paper, iron works, vegetables, and bamboo products products among others.
Mr Kiran Paudel, Micro-Enterprise Specialist of MEDEP, (fourth from left) welcomes the members of the Finnish delegates by offering Dhaka scarf to them to an expo organized by the micro-entrepreneurs from different districts in Banepa, Kavre district.

Mr John Narayan Parajuli, Head of Communications at the UNDP, briefs the delegates about the expo organized by the entrepreneurs.
The entrepreneurs not only showcased their products and services, but also sold various goods including organic vegetables worth Rs 100,000 during the two-day trade fair and expo. The fair was visited by more than 500 people.

On the first day of the fair, a delegation of young student political leaders from Finland comprising Ms Jenni Vartiainen, National Coalition Party (Conservatives), Member of the Board of the Student Organization, Mr Jirka Hakala, Centre Party, President of the student organization, Mr Joona Rasanen, Social Democrats, President of the Youth Organization, Mr Sebastian Tynkkynen, The Finns Party, Vice-president of the Student Organization, Ms Tiina Parkkinen, Left Alliance, Vice-president of the Student Organization, Ms Maria Ohisalo, Greens of Finland, President/Spokesperson of the Youth/Student Organization, Mr Robert Byggmastar, Swedish People's Party, Vice-president of the Youth Organization, Ms Elsi Ranta, Christian Democrats, Deputy Member of the Board of the Student Organization, and coordinators Ms Hanne Hamalainen, Demo Finland/Helsinki, Programme Officer, Ms Maiju Mitrunen, UNDP Nordic Representation Office, Communication and Liaison Assistant, and Mr John Narayan Parajuli, Head of Communications of the United Nations Development Programme also visited the trade fair.


Mr Kiran Paudyal, Micro-Enterprise Specialist of Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP), welcomed the visitors by offering them Dhaka scarves. Making a presentation on MEDEP, he said that the programme had been successful in creating more than 8,000 micro-enterprises, 56,000 entrepreneurs and 58,000 employment opportunities over the years.

Mr Paudyal said that MEDEP focused on poor women, Dalits, indigenous nationalities, Madhesis, unemployed youth, and other marginalized communities in order to make them entrepreneurs and sustain their enterprises. He added that MEDEP had been working in 38 districts out of 75. The participants also inquired about MEDEP following the presentation. Ms Bina KC and Ms Sebika Devkota, Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, Ms Sheela Sharma, Administration and Finance Associate, and Ram Sharan Sedhai, Communication and Documentation Specialist, facilitated the foreign delegates in interacting with the entrepreneurs.

A group photograph of MEDEP staff and entrepreneurs with the visiting Finnish delegates.


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