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CONNECT MSMEs join Kisan Biz pilot
by: RAP 3      on: 29 Jun, 2018

Under the remit of Building Inclusive and sustainable growth capacity of CSOs in the  Agriculture and Forest Sectors (BICAS) programme, Practical Action are piloting Kisan Biz an application designed to link producers, traders and businesses.  Three of CONNECT's MSME partners (DAFACOS, Dadeldhura, STOS, Dipayal and SKKGS, Achham) are participating in the pilot. 

The application is intended as an easily accessible forum for farmers and traders to interact with each other and exchange timely and reliable market information that will both promote trade and reduce the cost of doing business.

Read more about Practical Action

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NAST Future Entrepreneurs Club appoint new Executive Committee
by: RAP 3      on: 18 Jun, 2018

The CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club in Dhangadhi, established in partnership with Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, has appointed a new Executive Committee.

In addition to appointing a 33 member Executive Committee including President, Thirendra Gadshila, Vice President, Sweta Thapa, Treasurer, Rajesh Kapadi and Secretary, Dev Raj Kandel 30 new members joined the club.  The Committee's first task will be to lead members to re-activate the club run business and produce a calendar ready to sell to Acamdeny staff and students at the start of the new financial year.

CONNECT partners HSPC and PACC sign 5 year agreement for the supply of vegetable seed
by: ruth      on: 18 Jun, 2018

CONNECT business partners, Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC) and Pawan Agriculture Cooperative (PACC) have renewed their agreement for the supply of vegetable seed (onion, pea, cucumber, radish, bean, spinach, tomato, lady’s finger and bitter guard) for a further five years. The agreement makes reliable, high quality seeds readily available to small farmers in PACC's supply chain and the steady demand enables HSPC to plan for future expansion with confidence. 

PACC will purchase 203.5 kg of seed from HSPC annually over the course of five years, at a total value of 103,500 NPR per year.  Long term contracts like this one are benefiting hundreds of farmers in both PACC and HSPC’s downstream supply chains. 

Three irrigation ponds constructed in Dullu, Dailekh
by: ruth      on: 07 Jun, 2018

Hatemalo Seed Promotion Centre (HSPC) have, with support from RAP3 CONNECT and co-investment from Dullu Municipality and the local communities completed the construction of three irrigation ponds in Dullu, Dailekh. In total, HSPC are investing to build 4 irrigation ponds that will irrigate 8200 ha of land, benefiting 350 households. 

Last year, HSPC invested in three new ponds and repaired two others in Malika, Dailekh to the benefit of 159 farmers in their supply chain.

This access to irrigation will improve productivity of farmers’ land and strengthen HSPC’s supply chain.

DFID Nepal Annual Review of CONNECT interventions
by: RAP 3      on: 07 Jun, 2018

Suman Baidya, Rudriksha Parajuli and Smita Bajracharya from DFID Nepal were in Dailekh earlier this week visiting CONNECT interventions as part of their annual review of RAP3.

On 5 June 2018, the team visited two of CONNECT's three MSME partners in Dailekh.  First, they visited Belpata Dairy Cooperative to meet the Executive Committe and Yuva Vayus who currently receiving Village Animal Health Worker training and secondly, Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative where they meet Co-operative staff members, farmers in the supply chain and Yuva Vayus. 

On 6 June, Rudriksha met with Future Entrepreneur Club members to learn about the copy book business they have initiated and their plans for the coming year; representatives of the District Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss their plans to implement a 33% reservation for women on their Executive Committee and their role in supporting Municipal level chambers; the proprietor of Regmi Mandi,  who buys fresh vegetables from our third MSME Partner, Pawan Agricultre Collection Centre and Hamri Didis.

Future Entrepreneurs participate in business plan writing workshop
by: RAP 3      on: 04 Jun, 2018

RAP3 CONNECT have partnered with YUNUS Social Business Centre (YSBC) to deliver a business plan writing workshop for Future Entrepreneurs' Club (FEC) members in Dhangadhi.

60 FEC members are participating in the two day event, a pre curser to the YSBC Social Business Challenge. 

Read more about CONNECT FECs and YSBC Social Business Challenge.

The two day event opened with a panel discussion "fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem in regional context of Nepal" chaired by CEO of Young Innovations, Mr Bibhusan Bista.  The panel included President, Nepalese Young Entrepreneurship Forum, Mr Narottam Aryal, Principal / Executive Director, King's College, from Daraz Online Shopping, Kathamnandu, Mr Susobhan Manandhar, Principal, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Mr Shivahari Sharma Mudhbhari, local entrepreneur Mr Dinesh Bhandari and Chief Guest Mayor of Dhangadhi, Mr Nirpa Bahadur Odd

Last week 10 students from the CONNECT FEC in Dailekh attended a similar workshop in Nepalgunj, taking both first and second prize for their business plans.

Congratulations to @RAP3CONNECT Future Entrepreneurs' Club members for winning first prize at yesterday's Business Incubation workshop - more on our website - https://t.co/NCj1NRmRTN pic.twitter.com/u5xOBx0Umz