• On Sep 22

    7 Day Mason Training Program.

    7 Day Mason Training Program.
    ISAP in partnership with Peace Winds Japan and Japan Platform conducted two Mason Training Programs in Irkhu VDC in Sindhupalchowk. These trainings increase the ability to construct earthquake resistant buildings with an aim to address the growing need for reconstruction of individual dwellings in the aftermath of the earthquake.

  • On Sep 19

    Happy Birthday Pankaj!

    Happy Birthday Pankaj! May all your dreams come true! :)

    PS: We waited the whole day to cut this cake!

  • On Sep 15

    ESI at Bhakta Vidhyashram.

    ESI at Bhakta Vidhyashram.
    We have started our exciting Early Social Innovators (ESI) program at Bhakta Vidhyashram Secondary School. The students of grade 7, 8 and 9 were very enthusiastic to know about the concept of innovation, and how entrepreneurship and social issues go hand-in-hand. We have 4 groups who are focused on waste management, sanitation, and lack of food facilities in and outside of their school. ISAP team wishes them good luck for their 2-week entrepreneurship journey. Stay with us to know about their learning and achievements.

  • On Sep 06

    Instilling the Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

    Instilling the Spirit of Entrepreneurship. ISAP has partnered with Share and Care Nepal to work with young adults from Nuwakot, Makwanpur and Lalitpur. Through our 2 day workshop and 21 one day exercise, our participants learn what it feels like to be an entrepreneur and skill sets they require to be one!

  • On Aug 15

    We are hiring!

    We are hiring! ISAP is looking for a Program Associate and a Content Writer! We are looking for someone who is versatile and self-initiating.
    Please log on to: http://bit.ly/2aXr0f6 to know more about the vacancy.

  • On Jul 28

    Meet Our Udhyami Fellow.

    Meet Our Udhyami 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

    Udhyami Insights: Why Restaurants Fail?

    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

    Udhyami Story: Swiffles.

    Udhyami Story: Swiffles. 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 05

    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

    If you are thinking about development issues, then you are at the Say for Development is the right place.

    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. https://www.facebook.com/sayfordevelopment/

  • On Jun 28

    "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?

    "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

    JOIN OUR TEAM.

    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

    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

    Are you passionate about working to boost Nepal's entrepreneurial ecosystem?

    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

    ESI at Patan High School: We have started our Early social Innovators program in the 7th 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

    Meet our Team: Abhinav, has a Bachelors Degree in Social work and is currently pursuing Masters degree in Rural Development.

    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

    Are you thinking about starting a business related to coffee?

    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

    Manaraj lama: I am from Makwanpur district.

    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

    Are you thinking about starting a business related to coffee?

    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

    Suka Lal Tamang, the man behind Barahi Builders.

    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

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

  • On May 17

    Anjana Thapa Magar: Namaste!

    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

    Manju Karki: Namaste!

    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

    We have successfully completed Early Social Innovators in Bidhyodaya School, Jhochhen, Kathmandu.

    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

    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

    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

    Udhyami Stories: ‘100 megawatts of renewable energy in 10 years.’ This was the dream of Mr.

    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

    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.
    .
    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.
    .
    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.
    .
    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.

  • On Apr 28

    Over the past year, ISAP engineers have been engaged in demolition of earthquake damaged school buildings.

    Over the past year, ISAP engineers have been engaged in demolition of earthquake damaged school buildings. With technical assistance from All Hands and with financial support from APAD and Hope Bridge, ISAP engineers demolished this 2 story RCC frame building. The following steps were taken:

    1. Building was proped and braced such that the wooden braced were taking the all the load.
    2. Walls along the planned failure direction was sledged
    3. Similarly, all column joints were sledged such that the re-bars were naked
    4. All re-bars were cut.
    5. Building was pulled with a chain-pulley and come along to cause a out-of-plane failure.

  • On Apr 27

    Over the last one year, ISAP partnered with Asia Pacific Alliance and Hope Bridge to build TLCs in three schools in Melamchi Municipality.

    Over the last one year, ISAP partnered with Asia Pacific Alliance and Hope Bridge to build TLCs in three schools in Melamchi Municipality. The intervention made it possible for students in Melamchi to move out from partially damaged structures and open skies to temporary learning centers that resembles proper classrooms. Early resumption of school is key to normalize lives and minimizing long term economic impact.

  • On Apr 26

    Nepal Earthquake: One Year On.

    Nepal Earthquake: One Year On. In the immediate aftermath of the Earthquake, we assisted Peace Winds Japan and Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management's Search & Rescue Team (SRT). SRT's 3 members traveled to remote VDCs of Sindhupalchowk to search for survivors burried in the ruble of their homes. Our helicopter rescued 4 injured civilians and brought them to Chautara for treatment.

  • On Apr 22

    ‘100 megawatts of renewable energy in 10 years’, was the dream of Mr.

    ‘100 megawatts of renewable energy in 10 years’, 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 WindPower Nepal

  • On Apr 18

    Annie Nyaga got a job as a purchasing assistant at a firm in Nairobi, but quit after six months because it was boring.

    Annie Nyaga got a job as a purchasing assistant at a firm in Nairobi, but quit after six months because it was boring. It has been six years since Annie, 28, went into watermelon farming, a business that has brought her great joy.
    Read more at: http://bit.ly/23GyI54 http://africanleadership.co.uk/blog/?p=7845

  • On Apr 18

    Are you passionate about working to boost Nepal's entrepreneurial ecosystem?

    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/isapcareers

  • On Apr 15

    The first phase of Udhyami Fellowship has started at Rama and Krishna's mushroom farm.

    The first phase of Udhyami Fellowship has started at Rama and Krishna's mushroom farm. Udhyami Fellowship is an apprenticeship program for agro-entrepreneurs. It is a program where we pair people who want to establish a small business with established agro-entrepreneurs.
    Currently, we have Binod Rai, Manju Karki, Anjana Thapa Magar and Mana Raj Lama working as an intern in the farm.

  • On Apr 14

    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.
    .
    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.
    .
    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.
    .
    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.

  • On Apr 11

    #MotivationalMondays Make the jump!

  • On Apr 07

    #ThoughtfulThursday Durga Khad Thakuri is a cow farmer based in Palpa district with almost 25 cows at his farm.

    #ThoughtfulThursday Durga Khad Thakuri is a cow farmer based in Palpa district with almost 25 cows at his farm. Read more about how he started this business at: http://bit.ly/1TAufcQ

  • On Apr 04

    #MotivationalMonday "The biggest risk is not taking any risk...

    #MotivationalMonday "The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." - Mark Zuckerberg

  • On Mar 31

    #ThoughtfulThursday Read the story of a girl who likes to dream and weave those dreams in form of clothes.

    #ThoughtfulThursday Read the story of a girl who likes to dream and weave those dreams in form of clothes. http://bit.ly/1TAufcQ Subexya By Subexya Bhadel Studio

  • On Mar 26

    Since its not only about coffee but all about coffee

    Since its not only about coffee but all about coffee
    Come join us and learn activities in the value chain of coffee industry and much more
    Hurry up !!! http://bit.ly/1VjkPEn

  • On Mar 24

    #ThoughtfulThursday Mala Thapa Magar's story serves as an inspiration to those women or anybody who fear to do business just because they lack confidence and information of the market.

    #ThoughtfulThursday Mala Thapa Magar's story serves as an inspiration to those women or anybody who fear to do business just because they lack confidence and information of the market. Women can achieve just as much as men can and the case is no different with entrepreneurship. And she stands as a reinforcement to that thought. Read the full story at: http://bit.ly/1TAufcQ #womenInBusiness

  • On Mar 16

    JOIN OUR TEAM: We're hiring a CIVIL ENGINEER with 0-3 years of work experience to educate the community on earthquake resistant building design, supervise construction of community buildings and provide technical assistance on construction of water supply and irrigation systems.

    JOIN OUR TEAM: We're hiring a CIVIL ENGINEER with 0-3 years of work experience to educate the community on earthquake resistant building design, supervise construction of community buildings and provide technical assistance on construction of water supply and irrigation systems. For details, http://bit.ly/isapcareers

  • On Mar 15

    JOIN OUR TEAM: We're are looking to hire a PROGRAM COORDINATOR to lead, implement and design our entrepreneurship related projects.

    JOIN OUR TEAM: We're are looking to hire a PROGRAM COORDINATOR to lead, implement and design our entrepreneurship related projects. If you looking to work to strengthen Nepal's entrepreneurship ecosystem or assist small and medium scale entrepreneurs, this might be what you are looking for. We are a small team with a vision to make a positive impact in people's lives through entrepreneurship. For details: http://bit.ly/1HUt3IU

  • On Mar 14

    #MotivationalMonday "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door"- Milton Berle

    #MotivationalMonday "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door"- Milton Berle
    #entrepreneurship

  • On Mar 10

    #ThoughtfulThursday with Maidan Futsal

    #ThoughtfulThursday with Maidan Futsal

    The idea for Maidan Futsal sprouted in Avash Ghimire’s mind while he was drinking tea with his college friends. Read more about Avash Ghimire's entrepreneurial journey at: http://bit.ly/1TAufcQ

  • On Mar 03

    #ThoughtfulThursday with KTMCouriers

    #ThoughtfulThursday with KTMCouriers
    KTM Couriers is one of the recent innovative businesses to have entered the commercial sector in Nepal. This business takes a new approach to the already existing delivery concept in Kathmandu. Read the full story at: http://bit.ly/21cw56m

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