• On Jul 28 & 9 likes

    Udhyami Fellowship: Coffee

    Meet our fellow: My name is Sunny Rajupadhyay and I am 24 years old. I studied in Little Angels’ School until highschool, and after that I joined Silver Mountain College from where I obtained a Bachelors degree in Business Administration (BBA). During a field visit, I was taken to Dwarika Hotel where I tasted one of the finest Organic Coffees found in Nepal. It was not the first time I had coffee but from that day, I started looking at coffee differently. I went back to Dwarika Hotel to try it again but on that visit I found out that they were selling one cup of coffee for NRs 450 + taxes; which is expensive for a student but I did not mind spending my savings on it. Later that day, I went home and did an online research on Nepali Organic Coffee and went to different restaurants and cafes that sell organic coffees. I was on a coffee hunt for a long time during which I came to Karma Coffee. I found the place very interesting as it had the whole value-chain of coffee in a small boutique. I was desperate to learn from them about their products and business but I did not know how to approach them. After some time I saw the fellowship advertisement of ISAP shared in a facebook group called Entrepreneurs for Nepal. The picture had a cup of coffee in it and the advertisement was for Coffee fellowship so I got very excited about it. I clicked on the link to find out that the fellows would be placed at Karma and after going through the program details I realized that it would be a great opportunity for me to learn the entire ecosystem of coffee. I went through the questions thoroughly because I wanted to make sure that I don’t miss anything and after that I prepared my answers and applied for the fellowship on the same day.

  • On Jul 18
    With 3 Comments
    & 25 likes

    Udhyami Insights: Why restaurants fail?

    Thank you everyone for attending the event Udhyami Insights: Why Restaurants Fail? held on 15th July 2016. We had 98 participants for the event.
    We would like to thank our speakers, Mr. Sushil Khadka from Bajeko Sekuwa, Mr. Sulav Lal Kakshapati from Nanglo Cafe and Pub and Mr. Khem R. Lakai CHE from GATE Hospitality Pvt.Ltd for taking out time to interact with aspiring entrepreneurs and students.
    Please feel free to tag yourself in the photos!

  • On Jul 14
    With 1 Comments
    & 5 likes

    Udhyami Stories | ISAP - Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity

    One fateful day, optimistic Ishan tells his friend, realistic Smriti that he has entered her name as his business partner in the Idea Studio Challenge; the challenge is an initiation by Idea Studio a non-profit organization working to channel creative ideas by young entrepreneurial hopefuls and help them turn it into socially conscious enterprise. Confused; Smriti agrees to be a part of the challenge unware that just months later they would go on to win it and eventually be introducing Nepal’s first customizable Home-made chocolates called Swiffles. This was essentially how the partnership of Smriti Tuladhar and Ishan Pandey began...
    Read more at: http://bit.ly/290wvKf

  • On Jul 10
    With 1 Comments
    & 3 likes

    Udhyami Insights: Why Restaurants Fail?

    Are you looking to understand factors behind high failure rates of restaurants or ways in which to increase margin/profitability in restaurants you manage/run? In this edition of Udhyami Insights, we look at the Restaurant Industry's problems and challenges and how to overcome them. We have speakers from Bajeko Sekuwa, Nanglo Group and GATE College who will share their industry insights. Friday, 2:45 to 4:30 PM at Mood's Lounge in Thapathali.

  • On Jul 05 & 6 likes

    ESI completion at Patan High School

    ESI completion at Patan High School. This is the 8th school that we did our Early Social Innovators (ESI) program in. The students in this school were very interactive and spirited. We had a total of 5 groups. They came up with many ideas like making and selling handkerchief, selling stationery materials, selling healthy fruit, selling handmade story books and showing drama for a cause.
    The helping group who sold handmade handkerchiefs won this program with the most votes.

  • On Jun 29 & 3 likes

    Say for Development

    If you are thinking about development issues, then you are at the Say for Development is the right place. Say for Development is a space for development thoughts, in the forms of articles, opinions, reflective pieces and photo stories.

    It's mission is promoting discussions and debates across a broad gamut of subjects that relate to and affect the global development spectrum - politics, international relations, economics, sociology and so forth.

  • On Jun 28 & 9 likes

    Udhyami Stories | ISAP - Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity

    "What if villagers whose houses were destroyed by the earthquake could cheaply grow what they needed to rebuild?" What if you could grow your own house?
    Read more at: http://bit.ly/290wvKf

  • On Jun 16
    With 6 Comments
    & 25 likes

    Timeline Photos

    JOIN OUR TEAM: We're hiring a two CIVIL ENGINEERS with 2-6 years of work experience. SHELTER ENGINEER would educate the community on earthquake resistant building design, conduct a 50-day long mason training and supervise construction of community buildings. RURAL WATER SUPPLY ENGINEER would provide technical assistance on construction of water supply and irrigation systems. For details, http://bit.ly/isapcareers

  • On Jun 09
    With 1 Comments
    & 7 likes

    Peace Coffee

    Thank you ピースウィンズ・ジャパン Peace Winds Japan for this awesome East Timor Peace Coffee.

  • On Jun 07
    With 2 Comments
    & 25 likes

    Careers | ISAP - Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity

    Are you passionate about working to boost Nepal's entrepreneurial ecosystem? You will be facilitating the growth of small and micro enterprises as well as encouraging youths to agriculture and entreprenuership. To know more: http://bit.ly/1Ych6cM

  • On May 31 & 11 likes

    ESI at Patan High School

    ESI at Patan High School: We have started our Early social Innovators program in the 7th school. The students are very excited and inquisitive about the program.

  • On May 31
    With 3 Comments
    & 25 likes

    Meet Our Team

    Meet our Team: Abhinav, has a Bachelors Degree in Social work and is currently pursuing Masters degree in Rural Development. He is a social worker, an aspiring writer and a dreamer. Before joining ISAP, Abhinav worked in Gorkha district as a field officer at Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI) where he worked with different communities affected by the 2015 earthquake. While working in Gorkha, he learned that the bigger problem in the VDCs was the lack of young man power created by the decades long migration trend in Nepal. His search for means to keep youth in the country brought him to ISAP. He believes creating job opportunities and encouraging entrepreneurship are the best ways to keep the youth in the country and is hopeful that this initiative will also contribute in bringing the manpower back home.He has over five years of work experience in total in different sectors and in different capacities. His journey as a social worker began in 2011 as a volunteer in Child Workers In Nepal (CWIN) which is one of the leading NGOs in Nepal working for the welfare of street children and against Child Sexual Abuse. After gaining some knowledge in CWIN, Abhinav, moved to Voice of Children (VOC) as an intern where he gained firsthand experience in working with street children and victims of child sexual abuse. After spending nearly 16 months in VOC, Abhinav joined A School for Community (ASC- Pharping, Kathmandu) as a partial fulfillment of his Bachelors Degree program where he helped the farmers in production and marketing of organic crops. Abhinav, often boasts about his involvement in the construction of the Bottle house which has become a landmark in the area.ASC also provided him the firsthand experience in community development. The experience was further polished in Lamjung district where he worked as an International Citizenship Service Volunteer through Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO-Nepal). Excluding the organizations mentioned above, Abhinav has worked in five other organizations in the past which includes private firms, government and non-government organizations and youth groups.

  • On May 26 & 4 likes

    Udhyami Fellowship

    Are you thinking about starting a business related to coffee? Our Udhyami Fellowhip program allows you to gain an insight into this industry but you will also learn how to profile coffee beans, roast them and brew perfect coffees. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1VjkPEn

  • On May 23
    With 1 Comments
    & 9 likes

    Udhyami Fellowship: Meet Our Fellows

    Manaraj lama: I am from Makwanpur district. The reason I joined this program is because I wanted to learn how I could contribute in the agriculture development and I have always been interested in mushroom farming. I do not have much to do these days. I have also worked abroad but now I want to stay here and work. After this training I will work in a mushroom farm and earn my living.

  • On May 19
    With 1 Comments
    & 25 likes

    ISAP - Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity

    Are you thinking about starting a business related to coffee? Our Udhyami Fellowhip program allows you to gain an insight into this industry but you will also learn how to profile coffee beans, roast them and brew perfect coffees. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1VjkPEn

  • On May 19 & 4 likes

    Inspirational Stories | ISAP - Institution for Suitable Actions for Prosperity

    Suka Lal Tamang, the man behind Barahi Builders. Read how he left a promising job in Department of Roads to start up his own construction company. http://bit.ly/1TAufcQ Barahi Builders

  • On May 18 & 25 likes

    Early Social Innovators at Bidhyodaya Lower Secondary School

    Agraj from ISAP handing over the completion report of Bidhyodaya Lower Secondary School to Rojika from Daya Foundation.

  • On May 17 & 6 likes

    Udhyami Fellowship: Meet Our Fellows

    Anjana Thapa Magar: Namaste! I am from Dolakha and have studied up to SLC. Currently, I am living in Boudha, Kathmandu. Before this I had my own vocational training centre. Since, my father is involved in agriculture sector; I also have a keen interest in agriculture. In order to pursue my interest I came to Kathmandu.

  • On May 16
    With 1 Comments
    & 14 likes

    Udhyami Fellowship: Meet Our Fellows

    Manju Karki: Namaste! I am from Khotang, Nepal. I have completed my high school. I am currently living in Balaju, Kathmandu. I came to know about this fellowship via facebook. I chatted with Rama and Krishna through facebook. They told me more about the training and called me to the farm for training. So, from 4th Baishak we have been coming for training. We started from the basic of farming mushrooms. We have learnt how to make shed and how to put seeds in straw bundle.
    Later, after the training I am thinking of doing mushroom farming as a business. I have been abroad but didn’t really prosper from it so, I want to do agro business here in Nepal and now have got the opportunity as well.

  • On May 16
    With 1 Comments
    & 12 likes

    Early Social Innovators at Bidhyodaya Lower Secondary School

    We have successfully completed Early Social Innovators in Bidhyodaya School, Jhochhen, Kathmandu. We had partnered with Daya Foundation to carry out the program in this school. The students needed a bit of a push but they came up with interesting ideas of selling candles, selling healthy snacks and selling masks to avoid pollution. Suryamukhi Snacks groups won the competition with unanimous votes.
    Daya Foundation was quite impressed with this program and wanted us to do another ESI project in Dulikhel as well. Now, ESI will commence in Dulikhel’s school very soon.

  • On May 06
    With 1 Comments
    & 9 likes

    Udhyami Fellowship: Meet Our Fellows

    UDHYAMI FELLOWSHIP: Meet Our Fellows. My name is Binod Rai. I am from Sulukhumbu, Nepal. Currently, I have come to Kathmandu for my further studies. I heard about this fellowship through Rama and Krishna. I used to visit their farm as it was near from the place I live. They suggested me to undergo this program. As I was interested in mushroom farming I started the training. My main objective for the training is to learn how to grow mushroom and if possible consider it for employment and do mushroom farming professionally.

  • On May 02 & 9 likes

    Udhyami Fellowship: Business Literacy

    UDHYAMI FELLOWSHIP: Business Literacy. ISAP has been working with aspiring entrepreneurs, we call Udhyami Fellows, who are looking to establish small scale mushroom farms. By pairing fellows with entrepreneurs who have been in business for more than 5 years, we provide an apprenticeship like environment. Although the master entrepreneurs are at the forefront of teaching the skills they possess, ISAP provides the back-end support. Before conducting a visiting our Udhyami Fellows this week, we sat down to discuss how we should support the development of our business plan.

  • On Apr 30 & 7 likes

    Udhyami Stories: 100 Megawatts. 10 Years!

    Udhyami Stories: ‘100 megawatts of renewable energy in 10 years.’ This was the dream of Mr. Kushal Gurung for which he left a pioneering industry in Scotland and came back to Nepal. Read all about Kushal Gurung's journey here at: http://bit.ly/1TAufcQ

  • On Apr 30 & 10 likes

    Nepal Earthquake: One Year On.

    Nepal Earthquake: One Year On. Its has been one year since the massive tremors shook Nepal affecting hundreds of thousands of people. ISAP members were in affected villages and urban centers assessing needs and volunteering within 24 hours of the earthquake.
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    ISAP then assisted ピースウィンズ・ジャパン Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) and Asia Pacific Alliance (APAD) in their search and rescue effort as well as to provide immediate relief to 700 HH of Kubhinde VDC by providing food items. This immediate food support enabled people to get back on their feet and get going. With the assistance of Crossroads Foundation, ISAP assisted 15 families in Dhadhing with tarps and foods, a school in Sindhupalchowk with CGI roof and Bloom Nepal School with 50 mats for their hostel students. But we continued to work towards restarting the local economy: getting the mills running so people can grind their grains and restarting the dairy milk collection so there was flow of cash into the community.
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    We then continued to provide medium term support to earthquake surviors. With PWJ, we distributed CGI sheets to 2600 HH so people can move on from tents and tarps to a more sturdy temporary shelter. Our next aim was to help the community generate enough man power to rebuild their homes. Through a 45 day on-the-job training, we trained 60 people of Sanosirubari VDC to become stone laying masons. A by-product of this exercise was 8 community buildings which are being used by dairy cooperatives, forest user groups, agricultural cooperatives, community driven saving and credit group, etc. We are now working on rehabilitating water supply and irrigation schemes and as training more mason through our on-the-job training in Sanosirubari and Irkhu VDC.
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    With APAD, we are worked to demolish damaged schools buildings in addition to building TLCs in three schools in Jyamire VDC. We would working further in Ramechap for mason training and community awareness.

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