• On Dec 01 & 12 likes

    Youth in Entrepreneurship.

    Youth in Entrepreneurship.
    'Thousand Rupees Youthpreneur Challege' is ISAP's 3rd Youthpreneur event. The main challenge for the youthpreneurs is to start a viable business with our Thousand rupees investment. We have some interesting business ideas that our participants have come with and we are really looking forward to see how they turn those ideas into action!

  • On Dec 01 & 12 likes

    Construction of Water Supply Schemes.

    Construction of Water Supply Schemes.

    ISAP has completed the construction of reservoir tanks in ward no. 3, 4, 8 and 9 of Irkhu VDC, Sindhupalchowk. This construction comes under ISAP's intervention of rehabilitating earthquake damaged water supply system.
    The reservoir tanks were constructed either as replacement for existing ones or in areas where the original sources dried up, these were new constructions. While the community contributed with transportation of sand, cement and pipe fitings from road head and all unskilled labour work, ISAP provided technical supervision for the construction. ISAP technicians and engineers hired local skilled labour for the construction and taught them maintenance techniques as well.

  • On Nov 30 & 4 likes

    Entrepreneurial Journey of Hira Rai

    Entrepreneurial Journey of Hira Rai

    Hira Rai worked as a driver for several years but the money he earned from long hours of driving was never enough to support his family. Frustrated, Rai decided to go abroad to try his luck. However, two years later, his family still suffered and lived from hand to mouth. Rai returned to Nepal, disappointed once again. But all hope was not lost. Read the full story of how Hira got back on his feet at: http://bit.ly/2eAydDe

  • On Nov 19 & 11 likes

    With the amount spent even before they get the visa, students planning to study in the US can easily start a viable business at home.

    With the amount spent even before they get the visa, students planning to study in the US can easily start a viable business at home. ISAP's Pankaj Parajuli and Triveni Chand explore the potential of value chains for starting your own enterprise. http://nepalitimes.com/article/nation/business-of-entrepreneurship-in-nepal ,3362

  • On Nov 04 & 5 likes

    Deepawali 2073!

    Deepawali 2073!

    This is how we celebrated our Tihar at ISAP's office. How did you celebrate yours?
    #throwback #deepawali #LaxmiPuja

  • On Nov 02 & 4 likes

    R&D: Revolutionizing the State of Agriculture in Nepal

    R&D: Revolutionizing the State of Agriculture in Nepal
    Seeing her mother’s struggle to get the deserved benefits for her efforts in the field, Sunita Nhemaphuki thought of bringing change in the agricultural sector in Nepal in hopes that the tremendous efforts involved in managing agriculture are paid rightfully to the people involved in the agriculture sector like her own mother. Read the complete story of how Sunita established R&D innovative solutions at: http://bit.ly/2eAydDe

  • On Oct 28 & 4 likes

    Thank you everyone for attending the event "Udhyami Insights: Commercial Farm" yesterday.

    Thank you everyone for attending the event "Udhyami Insights: Commercial Farm" yesterday. Here are some of the stills from the program. Please feel free to tag yourself.

  • On Oct 28 & 6 likes

    शुभ दीपावलीको पवन अवसरमा हार्दिक मंगलमय शुभकामना !

    शुभ दीपावलीको पवन अवसरमा हार्दिक मंगलमय शुभकामना !

    Our flower garlands are available at Sastodeal: http://bit.ly/2eFqg0F

  • On Oct 25 & 7 likes

    Flowers That Never Fade.

    Flowers That Never Fade.

    Perfect substitution for flower decoration this festive season! They are Reusable, washable and durable.
    To order log on to: http://bit.ly/2eFqg0F

    They are produced by women micro- entrepreneurs. https://www.sastodeal.com/product/woollen-garlands

  • On Oct 23 & 4 likes

    Learn from veteran entrepreneurs the keys to successful commercial farming!

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    EVENT NAME: Udhyami Insight - How to start commercial farming?
    EVENT TYPE: Moderated Panel Discussion
    DATE: Thursday, 27 October, 2016
    TIME: 2:45 PM to 4:30 PM
    LEARN MORE: https://goo.gl/cvm7Sv

  • On Oct 21 & 5 likes

    Anthropose: Story of Nepal’s first eyewear brand

    Anthropose: Story of Nepal’s first eyewear brand

    ‘I didn’t set out to become an entrepreneur. I saw a problem and wanted to change things.’ Suraj Shrestha, CEO and founder of Anthropose, could have easily taken over the family business if he wanted to. He could have taken up any stable profession. Instead, he chose an unconventional path and founded Anthropose because it was something that he believed in.
    Read the full idea behind Anthropose and other enterprises log on to: http://bit.ly/2eAydDe

  • On Oct 21 & 7 likes

    Answer and Win Contest!

    Answer and Win Contest! The correct answer for this week's question is Zip2. Elon Musk and his brother, Kimbal, started Zip2 in 1995. The winner for this week's Answer and Win Contest is Mr. Dilip Paudel. Congratulations! Please message us your number in FB. We will contact your for the delivery. The winner will receive one woolen flower garland produced by women micro-entrepreneurs. #madeinnepal #promotelocalgoods

  • On Oct 19 & 18 likes

    Together, Building Back Stronger with PARCI

    Together, Building Back Stronger with PARCI

    Bottom-up approach to development is often misconstrued to be either consultation with community members and targeted beneficiary leaders or an GO or NGO-led initiative that has shared decision making with local community people. A truly community empowering initiative has to community initiated, directed and shared with development agencies. It offers more than helping hands and donation, it offers reshaping communities that can take charge of their development.
    In the aftermath of the April 2015 Nepal Earthquake, ISAP designed a framework called Participatory Approach to Rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure (PARCI) to enable a demand driven project design for reconstruction of earthquake damaged community infrastructures such as water supply schemes, irrigation facilities, etc.
    The PARCI process entails a series of seven interactive workshops facilitated by a WASH Engineer and a Social Mobilizer that guides the community to understand each other’s needs, prioritize reconstruction efforts, mobilize resources, request assistance and lead the reconstruction process.
    It starts with forming a PARCI group of enthusiastic community members, prioritizing women, and socially and economically vulnerable people, based on their interest toward the concept and working methodology of PARCI. Such inclusive group helps foster the environment of equality, along with representing infrastructural concerns of diverse communities. Four to Six groups are formed for every VDC. Now, this PARCI group will represent the community and all reconstruction activities will be done through this group in coming days. Between the PARCI workshops, the PARCI group interacts with other community members so that the whole community is informed of the process and has an opportunity to provide information and opinions.
    PARCI group gather again for the second workshop where they develop a detailed map of their community. This map showcases all existing functioning and non-functioning community infrastructures, along with others factor, such as settlement areas that affect the impact of reconstruction.
    The community mapping workshop does not plainly serve the task of producing a detailed community map, say Dilip Poudel, ISAP’s WASH Engineer but they also point out that this map has been playing a vital role in developing a sense of empathy toward other community members. They say, usually PARCI groups are absorbed in their individual problem, but they realize the severity of problems faced by others once they do community mapping. Members of PARCI group realize that someone else has to walk several miles more than them, someone else’s water supply is non-functioning while theirs is at least serving few, and so on.
    Community infrastructures to be rehabilitated are then prioritized based on the number of community people it benefits, and the severity of their necessities, on the third, fourth and fifth workshops. Together with ISAP’s technical team, materials and labor required to rebuild the community infrastructures are calculated. Before the cost-analysis, communities usually pressurize on rehabilitating infrastructures without considering its feasibility, says Mr. Praveen Shrestha, ISAP’s District Technical Coordinator. But, by the end of these workshops, the habit of prioritizing development and reconstruction activities based on the impact it creates, without exceeding the budget constraints, is developed.
    The sixth workshop is on resource identification, taking advantage of complimentary capacities and resources of other agencies. The community identifies government agencies, organizations, community resources that could further assist the community in rebuilding their infrastructure. The community in Pouwa, Sanosirubari-9, is one of the examples where the cost of their priority infrastructure, reconstruction of water lifting system, exceeded the given budget. But, the budget constraint did not lower their spirit of reconstructing that water lifting system. They visited district office and requested budget for construction of two water tank and requested ISAP for materials for electrical work. There are many other instances where the locals on their own have pulled recourses for the reconstruction work such as combining with other agencies, channelizing development funds from VDC, and raising funds among their own.
    On the seventh workshop, the members of PARCI group take charge of each part of the plan based on their personal qualities and skills required to carry out the allocated task. The group is now responsible for registration if required, purchases, identifying trained manpower, excavation work, and construction.
    The workshop ends with re-thinking about possible problems in the plan, finding out possible solutions, and making changes in the plan if required. They also develop a procedure for monitoring the project progress.
    From the very first day of PARCI, the PARCI group is led to the path of leadership, from introducing oneself in front of masses to developing and executing the project to taking charge of each part of the reconstruction activities. Even for those who are intimidated by public speaking speak out sooner or later, says Mr. Pankaj Parajuli, Executive Director of ISAP as they realize that their infrastructures will never be considered for reconstruction if they don’t forward their problems in the workshops and community meetings.
    Finally, when asked about what achievement that strikes out the most while implementing PARCI workshop as Social Mobilizer, Mr. Gopi Dangal shares that seeing how economically and socially vulnerable groups who have rarely been given chance to voice their need, have come forward in decision making once they are given important positions, is impressive.
    Utilizing the PARCI method, ISAP together with its implementation partner Peace Winds Japan has been assisting the locals of Sindhupalchowk reconstruct 38 different water supply schemes which had been damaged by the earthquake. Cost contribution from Peace Winds Japan/ ISAP ranges from 5% to 85% of the total scheme costs while the rest are born by various other agencies, locals or government organizations.
    (PARCI draws upon PASSA and PHAST developed by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to empower communities and modifies to suit local conditions and the context of reconstruction after the earthquake)

  • On Oct 18 & 10 likes

    Answer and Win Contest!

    Answer and Win Contest!

    Are you tired of buying fresh flowers for Tihar every year? Well, here is a chance for you to win nonperishable Woolen Flower garlands!

    The rules are as follows:

    1. Like our FB page " ISAP - Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity".
    2. Answer the question from the picture in the comment section bellow.

    Thee winner of this contest will be announced on October 21, 2016 (Friday).

    PS: The woolen flowers are made by women micro- entrepreneurs.
    #handmade #madeinepal #Nepal

  • On Oct 05 & 9 likes

    This is how our day starts at ISAP.

    This is how our day starts at ISAP. #weeklymeetings #presentations #updates #agenda

  • On Sep 27 & 25 likes

    CHANGING HABITS OF PRACTICING MASONS!

    CHANGING HABITS OF PRACTICING MASONS!
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    If you ask any motorist in Kathmandu, they would be able to tell you when a turn signal (or side light) should be used. But, on the roads, half fail to use it. Doing the right thing is not only about knowledge. Habit plays a significant role.
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    Construction of residential buildings in Nepal is primarily carried out by the informal sector, mostly the owners-builders with a handful of skilled masons assisting them. The work-force (masons, bar-benders, electricians and plumbers) employed in this sector does not have any formal training. Most of them acquire sill working as a helper to the so-called “skilled ones”) or through practical experience through work done by their families. As technology progressed from timber and stone construction to use of concrete and steel, mason were forced to uptake new technology without any formal training. Improper use of such materials and monkey imitation of technology have resulted in high cost, low quality buildings making them vulnerable to earthquake such as the April 25 Gorkha Earthquake.
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    As local masons have been practicing improper techniques, corrective measures not only require a theoretical knowledge transfer but practical lessons. Government of Nepal has made a 7-day Mason Training mandatory for masons/builders who would go and rebuild more than 700,000 homes destroyed by the earthquake previous year. This program achieves the goal of transferring the knowledge to practicing mason. What it lacks is changing the habit.
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    When you type, you are not actually thinking where the alphabets are but somehow your hands knows which keys to press. Similarly, for mason inserting a stirrup or doing concreteting is more about the hands than thinking it through. It's more intuitive. To address this challenge, ISAP is conducting on-the-job training for skilled and semi-skilled masons in Sindhupalchowk. Apart from the 7-day Mason Training following the DUDBC curriculum, we are working to built demonstration or model houses through an on-the-job training program designed to not only transfer the knowledge but changing the habits of practicing mason.
    In addition to addressing the needs of skilled masons, our OJT program provides opportunities for semi-professional construction workers to become skilled masons addressing the need of the country to produce more masons. A by-product of the OJT, is the community building itself. The buildings are used as demonstration or model building for locals to learn from when they start rebuilding their own homes. Our use of mud and stone with concrete bands provides a good alternative for local builders to choose from. The building also serves to replace milk collection centers, agricultural cooperatives, early childhood care & development centers that were destroyed by the Nepal Earthquake.
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    ISAP in partnership with Peace Winds Japan has constructed 13 of these buildings and trained over 140 local "naike" masons.

  • On Sep 22 & 13 likes

    7 Day Mason Training Program.

    7 Day Mason Training Program.
    ISAP in partnership with Peace Winds Japan and Japan Platform conducted two Mason Training Programs in Irkhu VDC in Sindhupalchowk. These trainings increase the ability to construct earthquake resistant buildings with an aim to address the growing need for reconstruction of individual dwellings in the aftermath of the earthquake.

  • On Sep 19 & 25 likes

    Happy Birthday Pankaj!

    Happy Birthday Pankaj! May all your dreams come true! :)

    PS: We waited the whole day to cut this cake!

  • On Sep 15 & 9 likes

    ESI at Bhakta Vidhyashram.

    ESI at Bhakta Vidhyashram.
    We have started our exciting Early Social Innovators (ESI) program at Bhakta Vidhyashram Secondary School. The students of grade 7, 8 and 9 were very enthusiastic to know about the concept of innovation, and how entrepreneurship and social issues go hand-in-hand. We have 4 groups who are focused on waste management, sanitation, and lack of food facilities in and outside of their school. ISAP team wishes them good luck for their 2-week entrepreneurship journey. Stay with us to know about their learning and achievements.

  • On Sep 06 & 11 likes

    Instilling the Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

    Instilling the Spirit of Entrepreneurship. ISAP has partnered with Share and Care Nepal to work with young adults from Nuwakot, Makwanpur and Lalitpur. Through our 2 day workshop and 21 one day exercise, our participants learn what it feels like to be an entrepreneur and skill sets they require to be one!

  • On Aug 15 & 25 likes

    We are hiring!

    We are hiring! ISAP is looking for a Program Associate and a Content Writer! We are looking for someone who is versatile and self-initiating.
    Please log on to: http://bit.ly/2aXr0f6 to know more about the vacancy.

  • On Jul 28 & 17 likes

    Meet Our Udhyami Fellow.

    Meet Our Udhyami Fellow. My name is Sunny Rajupadhyay and I am 24 years old. I studied in Little Angels’ School until highschool, and after that I joined Silver Mountain College from where I obtained a Bachelors degree in Business Administration (BBA). During a field visit, I was taken to Dwarika Hotel where I tasted one of the finest Organic Coffees found in Nepal. It was not the first time I had coffee but from that day, I started looking at coffee differently. I went back to Dwarika Hotel to try it again but on that visit I found out that they were selling one cup of coffee for NRs 450 + taxes; which is expensive for a student but I did not mind spending my savings on it. Later that day, I went home and did an online research on Nepali Organic Coffee and went to different restaurants and cafes that sell organic coffees. I was on a coffee hunt for a long time during which I came to Karma Coffee. I found the place very interesting as it had the whole value-chain of coffee in a small boutique. I was desperate to learn from them about their products and business but I did not know how to approach them. After some time I saw the fellowship advertisement of ISAP shared in a facebook group called Entrepreneurs for Nepal. The picture had a cup of coffee in it and the advertisement was for Coffee fellowship so I got very excited about it. I clicked on the link to find out that the fellows would be placed at Karma and after going through the program details I realized that it would be a great opportunity for me to learn the entire ecosystem of coffee. I went through the questions thoroughly because I wanted to make sure that I don’t miss anything and after that I prepared my answers and applied for the fellowship on the same day.

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