Bikas Ko Bato
by: RAP 3      on: 30th Mar, 2018

Episode: 35  Broadcast Date: 1st April 2018

Issue: Local entrepreneurship creating job opportunities and using local raw materials

Bikash ko Bato has been discussing entrepreneurship in recent episodes. There are many raw materials available in hill districts, and this week’s episode focuses on experiences of entrepreneurs who have been utilizing locally available raw materials for their businesses and creating job opportunities in local level.

Content Details of the episode are as follows:


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Short Bite

Purna Budha from Dailekh will share how she is giving tailoring training to create job opportunities within the village.

Bishal Sunar





Feature report of Laxmi Allo Factory. The report will focus on how the factory is using local raw materials and is providing job opportunities while also benefitting raw material suppliers and their employees.

Gangaraj Pandit




Interview with Ram Krishna Budhapa who has been employing five people and is producing apples, herbal medicines and farming bees. This way he is helping his village and locals too.

Krishnamaya Upadhyaya




Feature report of two handmade Nepali paper businesses of Ramaroshan, Achham will be included. They have done praiseworthy work by using local raw material and supplying the handmade Nepali paper to different places of Nepal. Voice of employer, employee and local is included in this report.

Tekraj Bhandari

Bikas Ko Bato Humla
by: RAP 3      on: 30th Mar, 2018

On 16th of March 2018 OM Padam Bahadur Bayak represented RAP3 DTA Humla in a radio debate programme named “Humla ko Bikas ko Lagi Sadak” which was organized by Karnali F.M with support from RAP3 and Antenna Foundation.

The programme was chaired by Mr. Bire Bhandari-Member of Karnali FM management committee. Mr. Netra Prasad Sharma (CDO, Humla), Mr. Padam Bahadur Lama (Chairman, Simikot RM), Mr. Bishnu Lama (Chairman, Namkha RM), Mr. Karna Rawal (Chairman, Kharpunath RM), Mr. Jivan Rawal (Member, DCC) and other relevant participants were present at the programme.  

OM gave an update on the current status of RAP3 roads in the district and answered questions from participants. The participants were very curious and eager to know more about MHLR which will connect Humla to the rest of Nepal. They questioned the reason for RAP3’s extension from 2017 to 2019; asked about the two roads constructed by RAP3 in Humla; why the roads don’t link with any other roads; queried the phase out of the SED programme in Humla; and about extending GSKDR corridor up to Katwal VDC.

Bajura DCCI to increase number of women on their Executive Committee
by: RAP 3      on: 29th Mar, 2018

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

The DCCI tabled and agreed to pass RAP3 CONNECT’s policy reform “Female Representation on DCCI Executive Committees’ recommending a minimum reservation of 33% for women members at their Annual General Meeting.

Last year the DCCI’s in Dadeldhura, Dailekh and Doti passed the same reform.

Yuva Vayus receive training on organic farming practices
by: RAP 3      on: 29th Mar, 2018

Yuva Vayus in Organic Mountain Flavor's (OMF) supply chain have received further training on organic farming practices and organic certification, another step on their journey to becoming leaders in their communities and an important link between their micro business clusters and OMF.


SMEs in Mid and Far West receive business support from KUSOM MBA students
by: RAP 3      on: 29th Mar, 2018

15 businesses in the Mid and Far West have received business support from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) MBA students. 

KUSOM MBA students must complete a 3-week Rural Enterprise Service placement in which they offer their business consulting services to local SMEs in rural districts.  RAP3 CONNECT identified 15 businesses that might benefit from the students' input, assessed business needs and aspirations and linked them with 12 students. 

Seed producers in Dailekh to benefit from 4 new irrigation ponds
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Mar, 2018

RAP3 CONNECT, in partnership with Hatemalo Seed Promotion Cooperative (HSPC), Dullu Municipality and the local community, are investing in the construction of 4 irrigation ponds in Dullu, Dailekh.  The ponds will benefit HSPC's downstream suppliers in Bhairav, Chipchipe, JanaSahayogi and Vinadi.  Investment committed is NPR 4.57 lakhs from HSPC with NPR 12.19 lakhs from CONNECT, NPR 6.09 lakhs from Dullu Municipality and NPR 10.62 lakhs from the local community.

Last year, HSPC along with CONNECT, District Agriculture Development Office, Village Development Committee and local communities completed 5 irrigation ponds in Malika, Dailekh (pictured).

Bid opening for the procurement of safety gears and construction tools
by: RAP 3      on: 28th Mar, 2018

DTO Jhapa with the technical assistance of RAP3 is procuring safety gears and construction tools for RMGs through sealed quotation. The bid notice was published in the local newspaper on 12th March, 2018 and the submission deadline was 27th March, 2018 until 12:00 hrs. Six hard copies were submitted within deadline. The bids were opened on the same day at 14:00 hrs. in the presence of DTO staff, CDO representative, District Treasury Office representative, RAP3 staff and authorized representatives of the bidders. A summary examination of the bids was prepared to determine compliance with the requirements of the invitation documents. Information about the bidders, amount of bid prices, presence or absence of necessary documents was announced and a record of the bid opening was prepared which was verified by the respective representatives.

First Interim Payment to SMGs
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Mar, 2018

DTA Dadeldhura released First Interim Payment certificate (IPC-1) to all the five Specific Maintenance Groups (SMGs) on 23rd March 2018. There are 75 members all together working in three different district roads and constructing gabion walls, dry wall and stone soling. As per agreement, the payment was made for 80% of the estimated measured works done by the SMGs. The groups received explanation about the payment made and the queries raised by SMGs were addressed. The total amount of NRs. 1,233,628.84 was released to SMG groups. The amount was distributed among all group members in presence of site-in-charge. The members of SMG groups were happy to receive their wage when most of them have their children appearing SEE board exam and need to stay in rented accommodation near exam center.

ARAMP hand over to M/RM of Doti
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Mar, 2018

During a meeting with DCC Vice Coordinator, Mrs Sahi Sobh and District Engineer, Ram Chandra Khatri on 23rd February, 2018 it was agreed that a copy of ARAMP will be supplied to the Municipalities and Rural Municipalities that RMG and SMG have been working on. Based on the post-monsoon Rapid Condition survey, this quantifies the different types of maintenance work (Emergency, Routine and Recurrent, Specific and Periodic) required by Municipalities and Rural Municipalities. On 20th March, 2018 Pranjal Gautam (GE) and Lok Bhat (IoW) visited Sayal Rural Municipality to give a copy of ARAMP. The concept of ARAMP, its necessity and its use was explained to the RM Chairman, Tej Dumrel and Tek Raj Joshi (overseer for the same RM). Similarly, Doti DTA has visited other RMs and Municipality to provide ARAMP for their use and action.

Orientation/Training on ‘RMGs Management Handover to Local Levels’
by: RAP 3      on: 26th Mar, 2018

DTA Jhapa has successfully completed orientation/training on ‘RMGs Management Handover to Local Levels’ to Technical Focal Persons of R/Municipalities on 22-23 March, 2018. There were 12 participants from R/Municipalities. The first day covered theoretical sessions followed by practical sessions on the next day. The programme was chaired by DTO Chief Mr. Shushil Shrestha and Sr. Programme officer of DCC Mr. Jaya Timsina offered a welcome speech anticipating active participation of all participants. Mitra Shrestha, LRN Maintenance Coordinator from RAP3/TMO briefed about RAP3 support and highlighted the objectives of orientation/training. DTO chief thanked RAP3 for organizing such an important event with the objective to continue RMG management at local levels following the complete handover from RAP3 and anticipated continued support to the local levels and ended opening session. The formal orientation/training session was facilitated by DC, DTO Chief, GE and SAME. The second day practical demonstration session was conducted at the RMG road sites.