• On Feb 16

    We, ISAP and Changing Stories,are Hiring!

    We, ISAP and Changing Stories,are Hiring!
    ISAP is partnering with Changing Stories, a Danish non-profit dedicated to bringing high-quality learning to students in the Nepalese public school system, to realize Project Bishwas, a 3-month long Remedial Education Course (REC) designed to help public school students in grades 2-5 who have major deficiencies in Nepali and Mathematics. We are looking for a Project Co-ordinator who will be responsible for implementing Project Bishwas.
    Find the application at:
    http://www.isap.org.np/careers

  • On Feb 15

    Kamal Singwang, Redefines Nepali Dream with Poultry Farm

    Kamal Singwang, Redefines Nepali Dream with Poultry Farm

    “What do you want to become in the future?” is a frequently asked question by parents, relatives and teachers when we are young. The answer is often doctor, engineer, and other “white collar” jobs. Most of the parents too share similar dreams for their children. No one quite considers working in farms as an ideal profession.

    Brought up in a similar environment, Kamal Singwang, too didn’t have any different aspirations. For years, he worked as a Project Manager for a company to multiple countries- Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Qatar, and France. But when he witnessed French people revering farmers as mothers— them, being the creators,he pledged to redefine the notion surrounding agriculture in Nepal and returns back. Read his journey of risking well paying job to becoming a successful commercial poultry farmer amid government hassles, economic blockade and so on. https://isapudhyami.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/kamal-singwang-redefines-nepali-dream-with-poultry-farm/

  • On Feb 13

    Agro Business Fundamentals Workshop for Udhyami Fellows

    Agro Business Fundamentals Workshop for Udhyami Fellows

    We are delighted to announce the successful completion of the “Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs” workshop for aspiring and small-scale agro entrepreneurs to be selected for our Udhaymi Fellowship program. The workshop saw the active participants from Bajhang to Taplejung.

    The aspiring and small-scale agro entrepreneurs found the workshop very interesting and helpful to understand the business and financial aspects of any commercial agri-business. The different games and role playing exercises further boosted the learning of the participants.

    Throughout the workshops the aspiring agro- entrepreneurs came to know about whether their business plan would actually sustain and thrive, while the small-scale entrepreneurs realized factors that could lead to optimum output and greater profits. For example, an aspiring pig farmer knew that pig and fish farming complement each other as the pig waste is considered good feed for fish, but he was unaware that the worms found in pig waste is used than the pig waste itself. Similarly, small-scale goat entrepreneur realized that the reducing cost by feeding low-quality feed or inadequate feed to goat was highly affecting their output, leading to fewer profit.

    For the financial aspects, the participants found the workshop on distinguishing personal expenses from business expenses very useful to derive the actual business earning. One of the participants, Mr. Phurba Parkhin, who have been making and trading carpets for last 22 years had never accounted his profit and loss. This way he could not realize the factors, such as seasonal demands, leading to profit and loss which is essential for entrepreneur to grow his business. After learning the importance of financial aspects and its tools and methods, he now plans to use it in his current business as well as the Pig farming he is aiming to open in Birjung.

    The participants were then selected for the Udhaymi fellowship program, who will now be placed in different farms of the commercial and successful host entrepreneurs for the 4 to 8 weeks in-farm training.

    *Udhyami Fellowship is an apprenticeship program for aspiring and/or small-scale agro-entrepreneurs. In this program, aspiring and/or small-scale agro-entrepreneurs are paired with established ones to transfer business and technical skills so as to accelerate the growth of new and/or small enterprises. This year, we are offering fellowship in Mushroom Farming, Vegetable Farming, Goat Farming, Poultry, Cow Farming, Fisheries, and Pig farming.

  • On Feb 03

    Agro Business Fundamentals Workshop Concludes in Lamjung.

    Agro Business Fundamentals Workshop Concludes in Lamjung.

    Our fourth “Agro Business Fundamental” workshop was successfully concluded at Paudi Bazar, Lamjung, in collaboration with Sangsangai / संगसगै.

    The 21 small-scale agro entrepreneurs actively discussed about the fundamental business aspects of their agro- business throughout the workshop. The main learning for the participants was realizing and accepting that business aspect, especially financial aspect, plays equal role as technical aspect does in the growth of their business. For example, one of the entrepreneurs came to realize that the 4-5 goats that he had been keeping were not leading to any return to the investment while the vegetable farming was bearing all the cost of his business after doing the exercise Profit/Loss analysis. The participants also learned about ways to mobilize and source the farmer’s network to learn, innovate and grow their business.

  • On Jan 30

    Friendship to Prosperity: The Inspiring Story behind J.B Agriculture and Livestock Pvt.

    Friendship to Prosperity: The Inspiring Story behind J.B Agriculture and Livestock Pvt. Ltd

    With desire to do something on their own, five childhood friends, Mr. Shyam Kumar Shrestha, Mr. Mohan Malla, Mr. Dwarika Shrestha, Mr. Bir Bahadur Tamang and Ms/. Madhu Tamang, started J.B Agriculture and Livestock Pvt. Ltd with an initial investment of 2 lakhs. The farm has grown stronger than ever amid the challenges and losses brought by the earthquake and land issues with current assest worth Rs. 3 crores. Aspiring to grow and innovate, their venture has grown from goat farming to poultry farming, cow farming, vegetable farming and goat farming. J.B Agriculture and Livestock Pvt.Ltd will also be hosting our Udhyami Fellowship program on goat farming. Read the full story on: http://bit.ly/2k7pYBa

  • On Jan 27

    Agro Fundamental Workshop for Lamjung.

    Agro Fundamental Workshop for Lamjung.

    We are excited to announce that ISAP team is organizing its fourth “Agro Fundamental Workshop” in Paudhi Bazar , Lamjung, after the successful completion of workshops in Sindhupalchowk, Ramechhap and Rasuwa.

    The workshop will take place from 30th Jan to 1st Feb, 2017, in collaboration with Sangsangai / संगसगै, Dobhan Ekta Club, and Sarbodhya Sewa Ashram.

    The expected 25-30 aspiring and small-scale entrepreneurs will learn about ways and importance of taking a more commercially-minded approach to their farming activities. The participants of the training learn through role-playing, simulation and other exercises to practice business concepts, experiment, take risks, and use creative problem-solving techniques in a safe environment.

  • On Jan 27

    Agro Business Fundamentals Workshop Concludes in Sindhupalchowk.

    Agro Business Fundamentals Workshop Concludes in Sindhupalchowk.

    “Agro Business Fundamental” workshop was successfully concluded at Melchaur, Sindhupalchowk, after the completion in Ramechhap and Rasuwa.

    Throughout the workshop, 12 small-scale agro-entrepreneurs came to realization about various factors that has had been affecting their growth. One entrepreneur came to know that he had made profit of only NRs. 2200 even after selling 13,000 cauliflowers due to low margin in selling price in compared to the cost of production. Other entrepreneurs also shared the similar stories as they lacked bookkeeping knowledge and habit, leading to unaccounted profit and loss.

    The role playing and practical activities played vital role in the learning process, especially for two of our participants who were unable to read and write.

    By the concluding day of the workshop where the participants have to make future business plan, the extraordinary change in their planning method was noticeable. For example, goat farmers came to realize that the better breeds of goats are needed to take their small-scale enterprise to commercial level. Other factors, such as feed quantity and quality for equal growth of goats in the farm, and construction of suitable farm, were also considered meticulously while planning for their future business activities.

  • On Jan 26

    ISAP for Startups!

    ISAP for Startups!

    ISAP was thrilled to support and be part of the "IMPORTANCE OF IDEATION IN STARTUP" event, organized by Himaly International StartUp School, supported by ISAP - Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity, Kathmandu Collage Of Management (Kcm), WindPower Nepal and Café Numérique Kathmandu S01#1. We hope that Himaly International Startup School will be facilitating more startups in days to come, contributing to our shared journey toward social-economic development of Nepal.

  • On Jan 20

    Third Youthpreneur Challenge for AYON's NEPAL YOUTH CORPS.

    Third Youthpreneur Challenge for AYON's NEPAL YOUTH CORPS.

    It was our immense pleasure to conduct 2-days workshop on social entrepreneurship with AYON's Nepal Youth Corps. Like our other Youthpreneur program the challenge for Youth Corps was to prepare and present a viable social business plan with the investment of Rs. 1000.

    We were thrilled to receive innovative ideas and work together to turn ideas into business plan. The 20 active Youth Crops were divided into five teams.

    Team Strikers envisioned utilizing newspaper waste by making and selling its mats, while Karmasheel Yuwa decided on making and selling mats made of plastic waste, such as wrappers of candy and noodles, to reduce and recycle plastic waste as well as provide employment opportunity to elderly people.

    Team Sabiyabi planned on selling practical based educational tools, such as rhyme books, as well as conducting practical education sessions in schools to promote practical based education.

    Similarly Team SAPP proposed selling quality ensured mask to tackle and raise awareness on air pollution. Last, but not the least, team Nawa Parabesh aimed selling plastic made decoration materials to reduce and recycle plastic waste.

    We believe that NEPAL Youth CORPS will be executing their business plan, and learn from the journey of social entrepreneurship.

  • On Jan 19

    Udhyami Fellowship Heads to Sindhupalchowk

    ISAP team is organizing its third “Agro Fundamental Workshop” in Melchaur, Sindhupalchowk, after the successful completion of workshops in Ramechhap and Rasuwa.

    The workshop will highlight all the business aspects of commercial farming that aspiring or small-scale agro entrepreneurs should be well-acquainted with. The training will also provide an opportunity to apply and be selected for our Udhyami Fellowship program.

    *Udhyami Fellowship is an apprenticeship program for aspiring and/or small-scale agro-entrepreneurs. In this program, aspiring and/or small-scale agro-entrepreneurs are paired with established ones to transfer business and technical skills so as to accelerate the growth of new and/or small enterprises. This year, we are offering fellowship in Mushroom Farming, Goat Farming, Poultry, Cow Farming, Fisheries, and Pig farmin

  • On Jan 16

    Agro Business Fundamentals Workshop Concludes in Dhunche, Rasuwa.

    Agro Business Fundamentals Workshop Concludes in Dhunche, Rasuwa.

    We are delighted to announce another successful completion of “Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs” workshop in Dhunche, Rasuwa, in collaboration with Gytds Rasuwa.

    The workshop, which includes learning through games and role plays, played vital role in improving business plan and bargaining skills and tactics of the participants, along with learning other fundamentals of business.

  • On Jan 16

    उद्यमी फेलोसिपका लागि आवेदन खुल्यो!!!

    उद्यमी फेलोसिपका लागि आवेदन खुल्यो!!! http://bit.ly/ISAPUF1

  • On Jan 11

    Udhyami Fellowship Headed to Dhunche, Rasuwa

    Udhyami Fellowship Headed to Dhunche, Rasuwa

    After the successful completion of Agro Fundamental Workshop and selection for Udhyami Fellowship in Ramechhap, ISAP team is heading to Dhunche, Rasuwa on January 11, 2017.

    In collaboration with Gytds Rasuwa, the 25 registered participants will firstly take part in “Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs Workshop.” Based on their participation in the workshop, their application and interview, the participants will then be selected for Udhyami Fellowship. Similar training and selection will be held in Palpa and Sindhupalchowk, in collaboration with the local partners.

    *Udhyami Fellowship is an apprenticeship program for aspiring and/or small-scale agro-entrepreneurs. In this program, aspiring and/or small-scale agro-entrepreneurs are paired with established ones to transfer business and technical skills so as to accelerate the growth of new and/or small enterprises. This year, we are offering fellowship in Mushroom Farming, Goat Farming, Poultry, Cow Farming, Fisheries, and Pig farming

  • On Jan 10

    We are hiring!

    We are hiring! ISAP is looking for a Program Associate!
    Be a part of our multiple entrepreneurship programs focusing on the younger population, such as the SchoolPreneur program, YouthPreneur Program, Udhyami Fellowship, Udhyami Insights, and so on.

    We are looking for someone who is versatile and self-initiating.
    Hurry Up! Deadline: 25th January, 2017.
    Please log on to: http://bit.ly/2i8EP0y to know more about the vacancy.

  • On Jan 10

    Agro Business Fundamentals Workshop and Selection for Udhyami Fellowship Concludes in Ramechhap.

    Agro Business Fundamentals Workshop and Selection for Udhyami Fellowship Concludes in Ramechhap.

    We are happy to announce the successful completion of “Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs” workshop and participant selection for Udhyami Fellowship from Ramechhap, in collaboration with YSP-Nepal

    With the inclusive participation of 32 small-scale and aspiring agro-entrepreneurs, the small-scale entrepreneurs came to know about different fundamentals of agro-business other than they had been practicing. Whereas, the young participants explored what it takes to start, survive and thrive as a commercial agro-entrepreneur.

    Mr. Abhinav Choudhary, Program Coordinator of ISAP, adds that “the change in attitude, especially among young participants, towards making agriculture as a source of income was noteworthy part of the workshop. So was their active participation in compared to first and last day of the workshop.”

    Mr. Chaudhary also remarks that “The workshop was very successful in a sense that even some small-scale entrepreneurs decided to participate till the third day of the workshop though they had initially planned just to observe the training for few hours.”

  • On Jan 09

    Winner Announcement for “1000 Rupees Youthpreneur Challenge”

    Winner Announcement for “1000 Rupees Youthpreneur Challenge”

    Congratulation, Mr. Bimal Bastola, the winner of “1000 Rupees Youthpreneur Challenge.” While brainstorming the problems faced at the community level, Mr. Bastola expressed how women, especially housewives, are heavily dependent on others even to make small expenses. There he saw the opportunity of entrepreneurship that address the social problem of dependency, as well as earn profit from it.

    In three weeks of the challenge, he contacted his relatives and neighbors to be part of a his Dhoop Batti making business, from which he made profit of Rs. 515 and provided salary of Rs. 620 to his employees, with our 1000 Rupees investment.

    Mr Bastola remarks, “During this three weeks of our “proto” business of making and selling Dhoop Batti, we came to know about many practical issues. Since we were manufacturing a product, the first challenge we faced was to standardize our product. Our Dhoop Batis were not of even sizes due to which retailers denied to buy them at first. Then, we segregated the battis according to their sizes and made different bundles. We sold the irregular shaped battis to our own relatives, while other dhoop battis were sold to four different retail shops.” He adds, “It was very nice experience and this activity gave us the feel of what happens in the actual business. Housewives are also happy and are saying that they will continue this activity. I personally would like to thank ISP for organizing such event.”

    Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this challenge a success!

    Stay tuned for our next "1000 Rupees Youthpreneur Challenge."

    *Youthprenuers is a challenge to maximise Rs.1000 that we invest in each group by implementing a business/project idea in two to three weeks. They can choose any innovative business idea with multiple bottom lines. The more environment-friendly and impact-driven these ideas are the better.

  • On Jan 03

    Udhyami Fellowship in Ramechhap

    Udhyami Fellowship in Ramechhap

    ISAP team is heading to Ramechhap on January 5, 2017, for the selection of participants for the Udhyami Fellowship program. In collaboration with YSP-Nepal, the 25 registered participants will firstly take part in “ Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs Workshop.” Based on their participation in workshop, their application and interview, the participants will then be selected for Udhyami Fellowship. Similar training and selection will be held in two other districts, in collaboration with the local partners.

    *Udhyami Fellowship is an apprenticeship program for aspiring and/or small-scale agro-entrepreneurs. In this program, aspiring and/or small-scale agro-entrepreneurs are paired with established ones to transfer business and technical skills so as to accelerate the growth of new and/or small enterprises. This year, we are offering fellowship in Mushroom Farming, Goat Farming, Poultry, Cow Farming, Fisheries, and Pig farming.

  • On Jan 03

    SCHOOLPRENEUR: Cultivating Entrepreneurial Mindset

    SCHOOLPRENEUR: Cultivating Entrepreneurial Mindset

    ISAP recently completed the School-preneur program at the 17th school! Schoolprenuer program challenges students to maximize a thousand rupee investment that we invest in each group. The investment is used to implement a business idea that we brainstorm during workshops, addressing problems they are facing at individual/community level in two weeks.
    Not only are we looking to cultivate entrepreneurial spirit in students but also to inspire solution driven analysis of problems in the community and to transform the quality of education by fostering creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
    Read more about the program and how you can get involved. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/schoolpreneur-thousand-rupee-entrepreneurship-school-pankaj-parajuli

  • On Jan 02

    Two more ISAP Engineers Certified as Mason Trainers

    Two more ISAP Engineers Certified as Mason Trainers

    ISAP congratulates Pankaj Parajuli, Executive Director of ISAP, and Sushil Adhikari, District Coordinator of ISAP, for the successful completion of “TOT on Earthquake Resistant Building Construction Technology for Technical Professionals” held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 23rd to 29th December 2016. The TOT was organized by National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal (NSET), National Reconstruction Authority-Nepal and Ministry of Urban Development-CLPIU, under the Baliyo Ghar बलियो घर funded by USAID Nepal

    Pankaj Parajuli remarks that “The Training was empowering in the sense that now I feel confident to conduct the mason training to different masons in our working VDCs. I can already visualize myself giving training and how masons would learn from the training, helping to build safer homes in the future.”

    Similarly, Sushil Adhikari shares “I will now be providing training to the masons by effectively using the knowledge of TOT in the real field across rural and urban areas.” He adds, “The main learning for me is finding ways to train and guide elderly masons who have been constructing houses all their life toward quake-resilient rebuilding. Also, the practical exercise and demonstration of building elements were very effective to learn the technology.”

    We welcome them to our added team of certified mason trainers in ISAP, hoping to narrow down the demand of more than 60,000 masons for completion of reconstruction within 5 years.

  • On Dec 27

    Schoolprenuer at Nepal Adarsha

    Schoolprenuer at Nepal Adarsha

    We started our Early Social Innovators (ESI) program at Nepal Adharsha School. After the completion of a 4-day workshop on 19 December, the students of grade 7 are already headed to their entrepreneurship journey as an Early Social Innovators. They are addressing the issue of lack of food facilities and stationery items in their school premises.

    During our check-in visit, our Early Social Innovators seem to be on track as they are smartly balancing their cost and earning, along with learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur during their free time.

    Team Annapurna, who is selling home-made popcorn in their school arena, updated that they have earned about NRs. 500 in last 7 days. Their customers, from students to principle, expressed that their popcorns tastes really well, and the best thing is the affordable prices.

    Team Fulbari, who is selling stationary items, updated that they have already recovered the investment of NRs. 1000, and are heading toward profit. One of the team members conveyed that they will be purchasing more notebooks as have they received “big order” from one of the students.

    Other two teams, Jyoti and Sagarmatha, are also doing well, but are having some difficulty in selling few stationery items, such as key chains and A4 color paper. Now, they are planning to purchase items based only on consumer demand once their stocks are sold.

    ISAP team wishes them good luck for their remaining one-week journey to entrepreneurship. Stay with us to know about their learning and achievements.

  • On Dec 23

    Shree Prasad Budathoki (on the Right), Social Mobilizer at Share and Care Nepal sharing how he will be using "TOT: Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs," and what made TOT effective.

    Shree Prasad Budathoki (on the Right), Social Mobilizer at Share and Care Nepal sharing how he will be using "TOT: Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs," and what made TOT effective.

    “Our organization works with agro-entrepreneurs at a community level. During field works, we used to focus on theoretical parts and use generalized business plan. Through TOT, I have not only learned practical ways of teaching but also making specific business plans to compare investment and profit of different livestock and vegetable farming.

    The most effective part of TOT was using Business Handbook during each activity, which made business theories easier to understand.”

  • On Dec 23

    Pushpa Jirel, Agriculture Technician at JICA Alumni Association of Nepal (JAAN) sharing how she will be using "TOT: Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs," and what made TOT effective.

    Pushpa Jirel, Agriculture Technician at JICA Alumni Association of Nepal (JAAN) sharing how she will be using "TOT: Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs," and what made TOT effective.

    “We too work in agro-entrepreneurship, but currently our beneficiaries are limited to subsistence farming. TOT has provided tools to prepare ourselves so that we can convince our beneficiaries to move toward commercial farming.

    The most effective part of TOT was doing each activity on Workbook for future reference. For example, I had done cost-benefit analysis only verbally, but now I can plan it step by step with the use of the Workbook.”

  • On Dec 21

    Training of Trainers

    Training of Trainers
    ISAP with the support of HURDEC successfully conducted “TOT: Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs” in JICA Alumni Association Nepal, Balkhu, Kathmandu from 14 to 15th December, 2016. We are thankful for the active participation from Daayitwa, Share and Care, R&D Innovative Solutions, JAAN, along with participants and fellowship trainers from ISAP.
    The fundamentals of commercial agriculture mainly covered business cycle, business plan formulation, cost-benefit analysis, purchase plan, market analysis, recordkeeping, and scaling up strategies of various livestock and vegetable farming.

  • On Dec 21

    Inauguration and Handover Ceremony Concludes at Irkhu

    Inauguration and Handover Ceremony Concludes at Irkhu

    ISAP and PWJ organized “Inauguration and Handover Ceremony” in Irkhu VDC-8, Sindhupalchowk, on December 20, 2016, as a part of the Nepal Earthquake Reconstruction and Recovery Programme.

    Hon. Agni Prasad Sapkota, Member of Parliament, was the Chief Guest and Ms. Shanti Dhakal, Secretary of Irkhu VDC was the Chairperson at the event. The special guests were Mr. Laxmi Prasad Upadhaya, Chief of Water Supply and Sanitation District Office, Sindhupalchowk, Mr. Buwaneshwor Lamichhane, Executing Officer of Chautara Municipality, Mr. Rup Kumar B.K., District Coordinator of HRRP. The event also welcomed distinguished guests from various political parties and civil society.

    The highlight of the ceremony was the inauguration of a disaster resilient model house, which was handed over to Mr. Surya Narayan Giri, representing the beneficiary community by Hon. Agni Prasad Sapkota. The model house will be used by the women’s group of Irkhu for their meetings and other group activities. Hon. Agni Prasad Sapkota also inaugurated a water tap that functions through ISAP and PWJ constructed water scheme and is now open for the community usage.

    Hon. Agni Prasad Sapkota remarked that “Irkhu has remained underdeveloped despite being near to Chautara. But, the brighter side is that it is taking initial steps toward development with the construction of water supply. Also, in a country where the president to chief justice is a woman, a community house for the women’s group, will be very helpful for self-development as well as contribute toward the development of Irkhu in long run.”

    Happy to witness water supply constructions, especially the ones with lift system, Mr. Laxmi Prasad Upadhaya extended his gratitude toward ISAP and PWJ for completion of work as per the commitment. He added, “Due to earthquake major water sources have had dried up, so using the lift system ensures safe water supply to communities in need.”

    During the event, Mr. Rup Kumar B.K. further stressed on rebuilding and reconstructing as per community need, and thanked ISAP and PWJ for being able to identify and address the problem of water supply and safer houses which have become the priority of Sindhupalchowk after the earthquake.

    ISP and PWJ have jointly handed over 5 community buildings, trained 121 masons, and constructed 38 water schemes with the active participation of the community members through Participatory Approach to Rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure (PARCI), benefiting 1311 households in Sindhupalchowk.

  • On Dec 21

    Sanjay Pokharel (on center), Program Officer at Daayitwa sharing how he will be using "TOT : Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs," and what made TOT effective.

    Sanjay Pokharel (on center), Program Officer at Daayitwa sharing how he will be using "TOT : Agro Business Fundamentals for Micro Entrepreneurs," and what made TOT effective.

    “One of the major aspects of our organization is promoting entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nepal. While working with agro-entrepreneurs, we used to mainly concentrate on theoretical aspects, and most of them are in English. But, now I have learnt Nepali version of various practical tools of commercial agro-business, such as preparing business cycle and bookkeeping, to make teaching and learning easier, both for us and our agro-entrepreneurs.

    The most effective part of TOT for me was working in groups where I got to learn about different agro-business from other participants. Also, games and exercises made business theories easy to remember.”

  • On Dec 16

    Mason Training at Dhading.

    Mason Training at Dhading.

    ISAP with the support of NAFA and in coordination with Hilly Region Development club(HRDC) has completed Mason Training Program for Earthquake Resilient Building Construction (MTPERBC)in Tawal, Ri VDC-8, Dhading for 20 masons. These masons were selected for rebuilding four schools in the region.
    After the training, all the participants felt confident about being able to construct the school as per the design with assistance of an engineer.

  • On Dec 09

    Build Back Safer!

    Build Back Safer!

    Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity (ISAP) with the support of Nepal Australia Friendship Association (NAFA) jointly organized Mason Training Program for Earthquake Resilient Building Construction at Dolakha . The training was attended by 16 male masons who are engaged in construction works.
    After the program, our trained masons were well aware of importance and effectiveness of earthquake resistant elements in buildings. They also got an opportunity to learn about new techniques on earthquake resilient building construction. Furthermore, they can now impart their knowledge by teaching other technicians the techniques they have learnt.

  • On Dec 06

    One Year On: Mason We Trained are Reconstructing Homes

    One Year On: Mason We Trained are Reconstructing Homes

    Eka Parsad Dulal, 63, has recently finished building one house and is busy constructing two of his neighbors’ houses at Pauwa-Ward 9, Sano Sirubari VDC in Sindhupalchowk these days. He has been earning his living as a mason for the past 40 years, but little did he know how to build earthquake-resilient houses until recently. After the devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015, 9 masons in Pauwa were trained by Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity (ISAP) and Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) to build earthquake-resistant houses.

    “For the last 40 years, we never thought about how much destruction our construction technique would uphold; we blindly followed traditional masonry that our forebears taught us” shares Dulal. Other masons, laborers, and house owners in the community share the same remorse, but the story does not end here.

    The training made masons’ aware of the shortcomings in their construction methods. “After the training, we have adopted certain changes in our construction habits. Now, we know proper techniques such as need for tie-stones and methodologically tying walls with bands and so on. So, the houses we build now will not collapse easily”, said another mason, Homnath Dulal.
    Masons recall that on-the-job training by building demonstration/model house, now used for early childhood development (ECD), apart from the 7-day Mason Training following the DUDBC curriculum, was the most effective method for changing their habits and practices.

    “Such on-the-job training under the constant supervision of the engineers was the first opportunity to realize our construction blunders and change our traditional masonry habits,” Dulal elaborates while expressing gratitude toward the training.

    Enthusiastically passing mud mortar to the laborers, Rewati Raman Dulal is very satisfied with his on-going house reconstruction. The house is being built under the supervision of masons trained by ISAP and PWJ.

    He says, “I thought stone in mud mortar houses cannot resist earthquake when I saw my house collapse in front of my eyes. I had sleepless nights wondering how I would rebuild with my low income. However, once I attended the orientation on rebuilding safer houses by utilizing local resources with minimum additional materials, I now have dared to rebuild with the subsidy from the government. I am confident that this house will resist small earthquake, and will at least buy time for me to run outside if the bigger earthquake hits.”

    Nearly 160 houses in Pauwa were destroyed by the earthquake. One of the trained masons, Kancha Man Thapa Magar, 59, shares that 9 trained masons will not only be rebuilding houses in Pauwa, but will also assist semi-skilled masons and laborer of neighboring VDC to rebuild upon requirement.

    Training has not only helped in safer rebuilding but also has become a source of living for many. Magar now earns NRs 800 per day, while he used to earn NRs 1200 per contract for laying groundwork for biogas plants at a household level which involved days of work. Other masons now earn NRs 400 to 600 per day by building through improved techniques, while their previous income was no more than NRs 350 per day.

    Mason and semi-professional masons of Irkhu VDC and Sanosirubari VDC in Sindhupalchowk were also provided similar training, and these 121 trained masons are helping to fill the demand of more than 60,000 masons for completion of reconstruction within 5 years.

    Deependra Kc, Praveen Shrestha and Saugat Regmi

  • On Dec 05

    Story Behind Kalika Devi Poultry Farm

    Story Behind Kalika Devi Poultry Farm

    Determined to turn things around for his family, Hemanta Hamal decided to open a poultry farm. He found a way to empower himself and his family and carved out a path for himself as an entrepreneur. Read the full story at: http://bit.ly/2eAydDe

  • On Dec 01

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    This is how our day starts at ISAP.

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

  • On Sep 27

    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

    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

    Happy Birthday Pankaj!

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

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

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