VISION

VISION

Enterprising Nepal, where every individual has the opportunity for a prosperous future.

VALUES

VALUES

Innovate | Collaborate | Serve

PRINCIPLES

Social Justice | Community Empowerment | Impact Sustainability

COMMUNITY DRIVEN 4E APPROACH

Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur

Increase knowledge, skills, and confidence of rural entrepreneurs
Enterprise

Enterprise

Enable rural enterprises to access technology, innovation, finance and the market
Ecosystem

Ecosystem

Strengthen enterprise ecosystem through stakeholder collaboration
Economy

Economy

Boost the local economy through increase in local income and youth employment
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Mission
Why? because..

Why? because..

Nepal faces a severe youth unemployment crisis, with 40% of the population comprising young people. With approximately 400,000 people entering the job market annually, a mere 5% succeed in securing employment. Vulnerable groups, including women and marginalized communities, are disproportionately affected. Factors like climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and high inflation have worsened the job crisis.

The implication of unemployment in Nepal
The implication of unemployment in Nepal due to covid 19 pandemic
  • 1 Between the ages of 16 and 40 in the labor force, most have informal employment or have faced significant unemployment.
  • 2 About 1.3 million jobs have been disrupted due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
  • 3 An estimated 15% to 33% of Nepalese foreign migrant workers returned to Nepal, of whom 3% to 5% died during employment abroad working mostly in hazardous conditions.
  • 4 Women, youth and marginalized communities are at a higher risk of facing unemployment.
  • 5 However, there are only limited resources to address the problem if unemployment in Nepal.
What?

What?

The micro, small, and medium enterprise sector employs 2.74 million people and accounts for 45 percent of all jobs in Nepal. To ensure that we effectively address the issues of youth migration and the pervasive lack of local opportunities, we must give impetus to rural micro and small enterprises. By channeling local innovations for development, we can also create a sustainable model of job creation that leverages the power of rural economies to unleash the economic potential of Nepal.

Why are existing interventions not working?
Why are existing interventions not working?


1. Inadequate attention to building a climate of trust among enterprise stakeholders.
2. Emphasis only on poverty alleviation and subsistence entrepreneurship (scarce focus on economic growth and job creation).
3. Inadequate focus on market-oriented programs rather than training-oriented ones.
4. Inadequate cooperation between banks and governments on financial risk management.
5. Excessive focus on grant-oriented and short-term results (insufficient investment-oriented and long-term development programs).
6. Lack of leadership and management training along with technical skills.
How?

How?

To accelerate economic growth, a key strategy involves empowering youth entrepreneurs in Nepal. The focus is on bolstering local entrepreneurship ecosystems to encourage capable young individuals across the nation to establish microenterprises. This approach not only addresses post-COVID-19 youth unemployment but also provides economic relief through fostering local innovations and promoting rural microentrepreneurship.

Nepal's entrepreneurial sector has untapped potential for inclusive growth and job creation. While macro enterprises receive more attention, micro and small businesses in municipal areas, particularly those benefiting marginalized communities, have been overlooked. Addressing this gap, Daayitwa's Rural Enterprise Acceleration Program (REAP) focuses on supporting growth-oriented rural women and youth entrepreneurs. REAP aims to leverage local innovations, connect with financial institutions, and enhance the municipal enterprise ecosystem, ultimately spurring economic growth and job creation in rural areas.

“Daayitwa Abhiyaan's unwavering support enabled me to transform my journey of being a migrant worker in India, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for 15 years abroad into a successful entrepreneur in my beloved hometown Tansen today. With support from Rural Enterprise Acceleration Program (REAP), I established the first fishing resort of Palpa and have been able to boost the local economy by sourcing labor and supplies from local communities. To those considering migration, I say, Don't give up on Nepal; our motherland has much to offer. It’s not easy but we can definitely make it happen here!”

Tanka Nath Ghimire

Rani Mahal Fishing Resort, Tansen Municipality

Tanka Nath Ghimire
“As a mother navigating financial struggles while raising two children in rural Nepal, I found my guiding light in Daayitwa Abhiyaan's Rural Enterprise Acceleration Program (REAP). With their expert assistance, I learned to research the market, secure financing, and execute business plans. From my lemon farming my annual income skyrocketed from Rs. 40,000 in 2016 to Rs. 1.7 million in 2022. I went from employing 2-3 people to supporting up to 12. REAP instilled confidence and expertise, empowering me to integrate innovative technologies into my farm and expand production. This journey isn't just mine; it's also that of my family and parents who aren’t alive but are looking at me with pride and joy. Today, alongside my husband, I oversee the thriving Bhandari Lemon Farm in Palpa district. REAP ignited my path from struggle to success, proving that with inner determination and outside guidance, transformation knows no bounds."

Goma Bhandari

Bhandari Lemon Farm, Tinau Rural Municipality

Goma Bhandari
"Daayitwa Abhiyaan's Rural Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) opened doors to expertise, financing, and a network of fellow rural entrepreneurs. With newfound confidence, I accelerated my homestay enterprise, finding financial independence and fulfillment. My success sparked social change in my village. In fact, in my ward Galkot Municipality village, over 10 households now run homestays, collectively earning Rs 150,000 monthly, benefiting us all. The success of our Magar hospitality is a testament to cultural preservation. As I secure my future, I'm determined to empower more women. I want all women to become financially independent, so they don't have to rely on their husbands. Each journey, including mine, is a beacon of hope in Nepal."

Sita Pun

Torikhola Community Homestay, Galkot Municipality

Sita Pun
"As an aspiring entrepreneur, I faced obstacles due to gender discrimination and lack of capital. Despite years abroad, financial struggle persisted until I started my Dhaka business. Daayitwa Abhiyaan's Rural Enterprise Acceleration Program provided me with vital support that had a significant impact on my life. With their guidance, I gained leadership skills and executed my business plan effectively. After I added a line of dhaka purses my business thrived. My income soared 75% to Rs 70,000/month. My path from hardship to triumph showcases how determination and support can make all the difference."

Pabi Sara Rajali

Sangarsha Dhaka Udhyog, Tansen Municipality

Pabi Sara Rajali

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2024 - 2025 Goals

Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Development through Rural Entrepreneurship

7+ municipalities across  3 provinces

7+ municipalities across 3 provinces

(Koshi, Lumbini, and Karnali)

70+ enterprises

70+ enterprises

Accelerate 70+ rural enterprises

350+ jobs

350+ jobs

Create 350 jobs in rural Nepal

280+ entrepreneurs

280+ entrepreneurs

Upskill 280 rural women and youth entrepreneurs

2800+ local youth

2800+ local youth

Improve entrepreneurial knowledge of 2800+ local youth and women

56K+ community members

56K+ community members

Engage 56K+ community members through Enterprise SMS Campaign

168K+ community members

168K+ community members

Benefit 168K+ community members with improved entrepreneurship information

USD 3.8K to 15.5K+

USD 3.8K to 15.5K+

USD 3.8K to 15.5K+ investment capital will be accessed by each accelerated entrepreneur

FUNDRAISING GOAL

What will your generous funds support?

  • Matching innovation grants to purchase technology 
  • Customized leadership and management coaching 
  • Linkages with banks, financial institutions and private sector
  • Hands-on technical mentorship for enterprise growth

 

REAP is a collective initiative of Daayitwa Abhiyaan comprising Daayitwa, Governance Lab, Nepal Leadership Academy, and Nepal Rising. Daayitwa US (dba Nepal Rising) is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization in the United States (EIN: 82-4990055) and all donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.

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FUNDRAISING GOAL

$150,000


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