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Loans delivered to ginger farmers in Doti
by: RAP 3      on: 21 Sep, 2017

Prabhu Bank Limited (PBL) continue to go to the farm gate to open accounts and deliver value chain financing (VCF).

PBL’s Dhangadhi Branch have distributed VCF loans totaling NPR 1.6 million to 56 ginger farmers in Sahajpur, Doti in addition to the NPR 2.95 million issued to 117 farmers in June.  PBL’s Surkhet Branch are processing applications from 84 ginger farmers and, to date, have opened accounts and issued cheque books to 30 farmers. 

BDC are expanding partnering with Bhawana Dairy to reach dairy farmers in Dullu.
by: ruth      on: 21 Sep, 2017

Belpata Dairy Cooperative (BDC) have signed a one-year agreement with Bhawana Dairy, Dullu to operate as a satellite processing facility. It is necessary for BDC to have a facility in Dullu, a strategic location accessible to 50 + dairy farmers.  BDC anticipates that with the facility in place, their daily production will increase by 400 litres.  Signing a contract with Bhawana Dairy for the collection of 50 litres per day is a first step towards realising this ambition. 


The CONNECT team continues to grow, and welcomes three new Interns: Manoranjan Regmi, Asmita Poudel and Ashesh Karki.
by: ruth      on: 21 Sep, 2017

CONNECT’s newest recruits completed their induction today, delighted to welcome them to the team.

Manoranjan recently completed his Bachelors in Agriculture, focusing on climate change; Asmita recently completed a masters in Resource Management at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and Ashesh is an MBA graduate who moves from the Agro Enterprise Centre at FNCCI to join us. They are an energetic group with a questioning spirit and craving for knowledge.

We look forward to watching them learn as they grow with us!!

New buyers added to HSPC’s supply chain
by: RAP 3      on: 21 Sep, 2017

Our partner Hatemalo Seed Promotion Centre (HSPC) have signed a new contract with their existing supplier SEAN Seed Service Centre with CONNECT’s support, HSPC successfully negotiated a contract for 7,500 kg including 6,000 kg pea, 1,000 kg onion and 500 kg cress, convincing SEAN that their expanded supply chain could meet demand. Additionally, they have signed with two new buyers, Everest Agro Seed Centre and Kathmandu Agro Concern for 2,400 kg and 300 kg respectively. With these vegetable seed contracts in place, HSPC can continue to grow their downstream supply chain with confidence.

Dadeldhura DCCI to raise minimum reserved number of seats on their Executive Committee to 33%
by: RAP 3      on: 17 Sep, 2017

The Dadeldhura District Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) has committed to increasing the minimum number of reserved seats for women on their Executive Committee to 33%.

At the Annual General Meeting held on 11 September, the DCCI tabled and unanimously agreed to pass RAP3 CONNECT’s policy reform “Female Representation on DCCI Executive Committees’ recommending a minimum reservation of 33% for women members.

Earlier this year the DCCI’s in Dailekh and Doti passed the same reform and are increasing the number of women on their Executive Committees at the next round of DCCI elections.

Our Second FEC convened its first meeting
by: RAP 3      on: 17 Sep, 2017

Our Second FEC, a partnership with Narayan Campus, Dailekh convened its first Future Entrepreneurs’ Club (FEC) meeting on 13 September 2017, chaired by the Club President, Surendra Gurung.  CONNECT District Manager, Kushal Hamal attended and facilitated a group discussion during which students discussed a range of business ideas and came up with a wish list of local business leaders whom they’d be inspired to meet. We are impressed by the enthusiasm shown by club members and delighted that they have already invited some business leaders to join their next meeting to share their experiences.