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FBPWN/BSC Program now Jumla and Ilam

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FBPWN is now delivering its Business Services Center (BSC) services out of Kathmandu valley in Jumla and Ilam with the support from US Embassy. The project Developing Women Entrepreneurs for Economic Impact in Nepal (DWEEIN) has been initiated in Mid-Western Region- Jumla with the partnership of Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) and in Eastern Development Region - Illam with the partnership of Public Service International (PSI) (http://www.psi.org/nepal)

In Jumla, the target group of the project is the women members of PAF Community Organizations (CO) who are involved in income generating activities.  FBPWN/BSC is working in close coordination with one of PAF's local partners Surya Social Service Society (4S).    The activities are focused on promoting entrepreneurship through capacity building and technical backstopping. This includes providing business orientation training, business management training and services, capacity development in technical skills, market linkages and product development and design. Literacy class has also been started in three VDCs: Patmara, Rini and Ghodesini to give synergy effect for enterprise development. The District Education Office has provided free education materials to the participants.

In Ilam District, the project is focusing on health enterprise development and also exploring other subsectors. Sensitization and basic orientation training on health enterprise development to Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) in Ilam has been completed. Although health enterprise is a new concept there is scope of enterprise development as ANMs are skilled human resource. We are exploring this new enterprise development on all fronts such as additional criteria for certification and other associated training/services.  Full utilization of the skills of ANMs could have a major impact on the health of the community as well as the economic empowerment of the participants through enterprise development

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