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.

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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).

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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

Member Services

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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.

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Advocacy

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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.


Our Structure

NMEFEN promotes the interests of micro businesses at a national level. Our organizational structure is as below:
  • 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.

NMEFEN Structure:

NMEFEN is actively trying to broaden its membership base by reaching out to non-member DMEGAs as well as Product Associations. To enquire about NMEFEN Membership contact nmefen@gmail.com

Our Executive Committee Members

The governance body of NMEFEN is our Executive Committee whose members are elected by representatives of our member DMEGAs. Our current Executive Committee has 23 elected members.

Lhakpa Lama

President

Sindhupalchowk

Incense sticks and cardamom farming

Tulsi Buda

Vice President

Dang

Mushrooms

Ram Chandra Neupane

Senior Secretary

Nuwakot

Poultry(chicken) Farming

Rita Bogati

Member

Sindhuli

Tailoring

Buddhi Maya Sunar

Member

Nwalparasi

Dhaka

Chandra B. K.

Member

Udayapur

Khukuri

Kesha Pariyar

Immediate Past president

Parbat

Tailoring

Sabitri Kurmi

Vice President

Kapilvastu

Shop (raw materials,finished products)

Tej Bahadur Mahat

Secretary

Dadeldhura

Photography and mobile repair

Dhani Damai

Member

Pyuthan

Tailoring

Laxmi Dangi

Member

Rolpa

Allo

Buddilal Sardar

Member

Sunsari

Home-Stay (Hostel)

Gunja Bahadur Karki

Senior Vice President

Ramechhap

Juice / squash

Uddav Giri

Vice President

Kavre

Vegetable Farming

Harikala Rana Magar

Treasurer

Surkhet

Bee farming

Dilu Gurung

Member

Myagdi

Dhaka

Usha Maya Tamang

Member

Sindhupalchowk

Carpets

Ganesh Bista

Vice President

Kailali

Honey

Sabitri Chaudhari

Vice President

Sunsari

Jute – Jhalla

Gajali Sunar

Sub Treasurer

Salyan

Candles

Yam Bahadur Bhujel Magar

Member

Baglung

Herbal soap, Nettle powder

Manmaya Chunara

Member

Banke

Pig Farming

Our Team

NMEFEN has five full time staff:

Chandra Kant Adhikari

Executive Director

Mr Pujan Hamal

Admin and Finance Officer

Mr. Sunil Karna

Communication and DataBase Officer

Sarad Kapali

Marketing Officer

The NMEFEN staff have been supported by Australian Volunteers for International Deployment (AVID) an Australian Government funded program managed by Scope Global.

Our Supporters

NMEFEN was initially started by the Micro Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP), a joint effort of Government of Nepal-Ministry of Industry and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). We greatly appreciate the support of MEDEP for all of their work in helping to build a strong micro enterprise sector in Nepal.
NMEFEN is also supported by the Australian Aid program of the Australian Government.