Who we are
The National Micro Entrepreneurs’ Federation Nepal (NMEFEN) is a not for profit membership organisation established in 2062 (2006) to promote the interests of micro entrepreneurs from ethnic, indigenous and economically disadvantaged rural communities across Nepal.
These micro enterprises are often based on traditional skills and locally available raw materials, and are a means of providing sustainable livelihoods and generating self-employment and income generation. The combined activities of the over 70,000 micro enterprises in Nepal also supports the national economy.
NMEFEN’s vision is to take a leadership role in strengthening the micro-enterprise sector, actively promoting the interests of micro-entrepreneurs so that the sector is highly regarded at a local and national level for the important role it plays in poverty alleviation.
There are 38 District Micro Entrepreneurs Group Associations (DMEGAs) affiliated with NMEFEN. Hence, NMEFEN represents about 70,000 entrepreneurs in Nepal. NMEFEN has been working in Nepal since its establishment in partnership with the Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP).
MEDEP is a joint poverty alleviation initiative of the Government of Nepal-Ministry of Industry and UNDP. Since 2055 (1998) MEDEP has been a force for poverty alleviation of the rural poor and socially excluded people of Nepal through the creation and development of micro-enterprises thereby creating employment and income generating opportunities. Since it began, MEDEP has created more than 70,000 Micro Entrepreneurs (MEs) in the rural areas of Nepal covering the most marginalized and disadvantaged communities.
Learning from MEDEP’s success, the Government of Nepal has started internalizing the MEDEP model into its own Micro Enterprise Development for Poverty Alleviation (MEDPA) programme since fiscal year 2009/2010. The key focus of MEDEP IV (August 2013- July 2018) is to build the capacity of government agencies and the private sector to implement MEDPA.
What we do
Our primary purpose is to ensure the business success of our micro-entrepreneurs (MEs). We help them by providing the tools entrepreneurs need to grow their business:
- Marketing support to enable MEs to access markets beyond their local district
- Training and advice to enable MEs to access micro finance for their businesses
- Information and advice about appropriate technology that can improve their business processes
- Training in skills relevant to business and organization management.
We are proud to represent our sector which we believe plays an important role in the social and economic transformation of ethnic, indigenous and economically disadvantaged rural communities through their engagement in entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise development.
NMEFEN welcomes the recognition of the micro enterprise sector by the Government of Nepal. Through legislation and policy implementation, the Government has acknowledged the vital role of the micro enterprise sector in economic development and poverty alleviation.
- National Micro-Entrepreneurs Federation Nepal, (NMEFEN) at National Level
- District Micro-Entrepreneurs Group Association, (DMEGA) at District Level
- Micro-Entrepreneurs Group Association, (MEGA) VDC/Market Center Level
- Micro-Entrepreneurs Group (MEG) at Settlement Level
- Micro Entrepreneurs (MEs) at Individual Level
District Micro-entrepreneurs Associations (DMEGAs) are members of our federation. As at June 2015, 38 DMEGAs are registered members of NMEFEN.
Our Executive Committee Members
Incense sticks and cardamom farming
Ram Chandra Neupane
Buddhi Maya Sunar
Chandra B. K.
Immediate Past president
Shop (raw materials,finished products)
Tej Bahadur Mahat
Photography and mobile repair
Gunja Bahadur Karki
Senior Vice President
Juice / squash
Harikala Rana Magar
Usha Maya Tamang
Jute – Jhalla
Yam Bahadur Bhujel Magar
Herbal soap, Nettle powder
Chandra Kant Adhikari
Mr Pujan Hamal
Admin and Finance Officer
Mr. Sunil Karna
Communication and DataBase Officer