Pilot Project

Karnali Miteri Udhyog

Karnali Miteri Udhyog is producing muffins with micro-nutrients and selling it in the market currently. This factory is established in Kudari-6 Jumla in order to reduce malnutrition in Jumla and other neighboring area. A special focus of this project is to produce the food containing the ‘right’ micronutrients and identifying a distribution channel, reaching to the ‘right’ families and educating them about the ‘right’ food habit. This factory is established to produce ready to eat food like cookies, super flour and nutrition bar for children and pregnant women and selling the products in reasonable and affordable price. 

Organic Fruits and Food Processing

Organic Fruits and Food Processing is producing dried apple slices and pulse of black beans. This business is established in Chandannath-15, Jumla; the rural mountaineering district of Nepal aiming to process the various indigenous food items such as dried apple rings, processed pulses etc. and to create marketing for those products. The final products are especially being sold in local market. However, the entrepreneurs are promoting its products in different parts of Nepal by participating with the products in fairs and festivals. The business is not only promoting and marketing the local organic products but also creating employment for the local people.

Bageshwori Nursery

Bageshwori Nursery, the agriculture based project promoted by NSB was established in Kotmaula of Salyan. This area is one of the recognized pocket areas for orange and ginger production and there is potentiality for producing pomegranate and other citrus items. It is one of the biggest nurseries of the Salyan District which can produce huge amount of organic sapling of orange, lemon, pomegranate etc. We would further supply in the local as well as neighboring area. It is expected to be helpful to make Salyan district independent regarding fruits farming in a long run.

Dang Hosiery and Garments

Dang Hosiery and Garments is producing school dresses as well as normal winter clothes such as sweaters and trousers. This company is established in Tulsipur-5, Dang aiming to provide employment for the women especially from marginalized community. This project itself is headed by Ms. Sarita Gupta who is the women from marginalized Madeshi community. More than 10 women are the direct employee of this factory currently. This company is producing school uniforms and different garments and selling the products in reasonable price.

Mahalaxmi Bags

Mahalaxmi Bags establihed in Tikapur, Kailali is producing eco-friendly bags as well as normal laptop bags and selling those products in local market with reasonable price. This factory is established in semi-urbanized area aiming to reduce the polythene waste in the local area. These bags are being produced by this factory and the entrepreneurs are coordinating with various organizations to increase the use of eco-friendly bags instead of the normal polythene bags. This business has become very helpful to control environment pollution in that area. Also this factory is producing and selling school bags and laptop bags in reasonable price.

Negative Stereotypical Image of Jumla

Rabindra Timsena

If something beautiful is depicted repeatedly in a negative way and accepted by the majority of people, the image of beautiful thing is also perceived negatively. The context is of Jumla, the rural mountainous district of Nepal and the way of frequent negative depiction about its geographical difficulty, poverty and educational level. No doubt that everything has it’s brighter and darker sides. As much more emphasis given to the darker side of Jumla, it was compelled to challenge with such negative stereotypical image. I myself also had such misunderstanding before reaching Jumla. But all the misunderstandings have been clarified during the 2-weeks Jumla visit. This may be one of the achievements of the Jumla visit. I got this opportunity while going Jumla for mentoring the projects that are going to be invested my Nepal Social Business.

In fact, Jumla is the district having full of natural beauty. Words are insufficient to explain Jumla. Providing breather of cool in the scorching heat is its specialty and changing color according to the season is its nature. To become white with snow in the winter, being changed into green in the summer and being colorless in fall season is its wonderful art.  There may be no any other place in the world that would represent Jumla. Jumla, located in the lap of Tila River attracts any of the tourists who reach there.

Chandannath and Bhairabnath Temple situated at the heart of Khalanga are the center of religious beliefs. These temples have not only the religious importance but tourism too. Karnali Technical School located at little bit Northern side of Khalanga is not only the temple of education for those who want to study technical education, but also the destination not to be missed by the tourists who reach Jumla. Also it has historical importance as Sinja valley, which is the origin of Nepali Language is also located in Jumla. Rare herb Yarsagumba is also available in Jumla. Local people, in season make their earnings selling Yarsagumba.

Jumla is the highest land where rice is produced. Rice of Jumli Marsi is very delicious and it is the choice of the people who go to Jumla. Local Simi Daal is also favorite dish of the people. Apple garden are the additional attraction for the tourists. Different varieties of apple are more delicious. It might be one of the reasons that sellers sell the apple brought from another place claiming that it was from Jumla. People are wondered seeing the walnuts in the tree as it is not produced everywhere out of that area. As an organic district, Jumla is able to serve organic food items to those people who reach there.

As different airlines schedule their flight to Jumla, it is not difficult to go to Jumla for those who have purchasing power. People from Jumla and the medium class tourist also have alternative of expensive air travel as the Karnali highway (Surkhet-Jumla) is almost black-tapped completely. Jumla which was considered as ‘rural’ because of geographical difficulty is also now having somehow semi-urban facilities regarding transportation. Now, people who can’t go Jumla even if they have interest can’t have reason to blame Jumla for its difficulty.

Lots of people lost their lives and physical property was also damaged due to war that was taken place in Khalanga. It was another stumble for Jumla to go ahead for development. But we can read in the face of people of Jumla that, Jumla is not regretting for its previous lose but going ahead taking lesson from this. Due to the geographical difficulty, sufficient infrastructure couldn’t be built in Jumla. Moreover, it was not taken care by the state. It is true that Jumla couldn’t compete with other place in the marathon of modern civilization because of the insufficiency of education, health care facility, communication, electricity, transportation, drinking water and so on.

Because of these reasons various national and international organizations have shown their presence in Jumla. It may be the matter of research whether the contribution of such organization is sufficient or not. But it is blamed to people of Jumla that they have become dependent because of that help from the organization. People of Jumla have tried to clarify this illusion and the situation is being improved than it was before. The initiative of Nepal Social Business for the positive social impact through applying business principle with financial sustainable manner has become a good contribution for this. The effort to do something for themselves by the people of Jumla will be fulfilled one day. People of Jumla are now much more aware that they should not be like a Kasturi who wanders all over the Jungle to know the source of the good smell, which comes from the body of itself. Now, Jumla itself and the negative stereotypical image is being changed.

 

 

Karnali Miteri Udhyog

Karnali Miteri Udhyog is producing muffins with micro-nutrients and selling it in the market currently. This factory is established in Kudari-6 Jumla in order to reduce malnutrition in Jumla and other neighboring area. A special focus of this project is to produce the food containing the ‘right’ micronutrients and identifying a distribution channel, reaching to the ‘right’ families and educating them about the ‘right’ food habit. This factory is established to produce ready to eat food like cookies, super flour and nutrition bar for children and pregnant women and selling the products in reasonable and affordable price. 

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