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HSPC procure grading machine for efficient cleaning and grading of seeds
by: ruth      on: 29 May, 2018

CONNECT partner Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC) has co-invested with RAP3 CONNECT to purchase an Agrosaw Junior III seed grading machine for the efficient cleaning and grading of seeds. 

Previously farmers manually graded the seed; a labour intensive process. This machine, with little labour input, will produce a better quality of product increasing HSPC’s competitiveness in new markets and maintaining their competitive advantage in existing markets where they have a strong reputation for quality.

Removing the necessity to manually grade seeds is important as farmers in the supply chain increase production, hence, this intervention will not only increase efficiency but is also expected to build stronger relations between HSPC and farmers.

Future Entrepreneurs' Club members win first prize for Tapari business plan
by: ruth      on: 29 May, 2018

40 students, including ten RAP3 CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club members from Narayan Campus, Dailekh, participated in a business incubation workshop in Nepalgunj today.  The workshop was delivered by Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) in collaboration with RAP3 CONNECT.

We're delighted to announce that a team of students from Narayan Campus - Hariyo paat, sabai ko sath - won first prize for their business plan for Tapari (leaf plates).  The second team from Narayan Campus developed a business model to empower single women, providing women with the raw materials to make candles and offering a basic salary plus commission. 

YSBC runs the Social Business Challenge, an incubation programme for aspiring student entrepreneurs aimed at encouraging youth to create innovative business ideas and offering incubation, facilitation and financial support.  RAP3 CONNECT has partnered with  YSBC to deliver workshops in the Mid and Far West of Nepal.

FEC members attend business workshop
by: RAP 3      on: 27 May, 2018

Members of the RAP3 CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club, established in partnership with Narayan Campus, Dailekh, participated in a business workshop earlier today.  Club members came up with small business ideas and worked in groups to turn their business ideas into business plans before presenting their businesses to a panel of Narayan Campus Faculty. 


400 women micro-entrepreneurs receive training from Unilever, Bottlers Nepal and Prabhu Bank
by: RAP 3      on: 20 May, 2018

Unilever Nepal Limited, Bottlers Nepal Limited and Prabhu Bank Limited have come together to deliver training to 400 women entrepreneurs.

To date, 400 women in six districts in the Mid and Far Western Development Regions have been appointed as Unilever Hamri Didis, in partnership with RAP3 CONNECT.   The ‘Hamri Didi’ initiative appoints women as direct-to-consumer sales agents, aiming to empower underprivileged women as change agents within their communities by providing them with knowledge on health and sanitation and sustainable income generating opportunities. 

Bottlers Nepal Limited (BNL), authorised bottler of The Coca-Cola Company, has joined the partnership to sell their products through his vibrant network of women micro-entrepreneurs.  In addition, BNL has provided all 400 Hamri Didis with 5by20 training - 5by20 is the Coca-Cola Company's global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entpreneurs by 2020.

200 women from RAP3 core districts Dailekh and Jumla attended training in Nepalgunj last week, receiving a certificate of completion from Director, Nepalgunj NRB on 11 May and 200 women from RAP3 core districts Achham, Bajura, Dadeldhura and Doti are in Dhangadhi from 16 to 17 May, participating in a graduation ceremony on 18 May.

The women received UNL and BNL product and sales training, BNL 5by20 training, financial literacy training and guidance on business registration. 

Yuva Vayus start Village Animal Health Worker Training
by: RAP 3      on: 16 May, 2018

Belpata Dairy Cooperative (BDC), in collaboration with Madhya-Paschim Technical School and RAP3 CONNECT is delivering Village Animal Health Worker (VAHW) training to Yuva Vayus (YVs) in its supply chain. 

After completing the 45 days training programme, the Yuva Vayus are expected to share their knowledge with their communities and provide technical services to other farmers in BDC's supply chain.

Read more about Yuva Vayus and Belpata Dairy Cooperative.

PACC renew contract with Regmi Mandi
by: RAP 3      on: 02 May, 2018

CONNECT’s partner Pawan Agriculture Collection Center (PACC) have renewed their contract with Regmi Mandi for a further 5 years. With CONNECT’s support PACC have agreed to supply Regmi Mandi 865 MT of fresh vegetables annually including 150 MT of cabbages, 100 MT of cauliflower, 180 MT of potatoes, 150 MT of tomatoes, 80 MT of cucumber, 50 MT of onion, 30 MT of beans, 25 MT of bitter-gourd, 20 MT of brinjal, and 30 MT of pumpkin.