Saugat Nepal

Our Partners:

National Micro-Entrepreneurs Federation of Nepal (NMEFEN)

The National Micro Entrepreneurs Federation Nepal (NMEFEN) is an umbrella organisation established for advocating and promoting to the scattered micro enterprises in Nepal. NMEFEN is the national level federation of micro-entrepreneurial groups, associations and district associations. NMEFEN is a not for profit making organization which is active to promote the interests of the micro enterprise sector in the social and economic transformation of the poor, ethnic, indigenous and deprived communities through their engagement in entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise development.

Currently, NMEFEN has a member base of approximately 45,000 micro-entrepreneurs. Its community building activities are undertaken in 36 of 75 districts of Nepal, ranging from ‘terai’ plains to ‘himali’ hills.

NMEFEN is a long-term partner of the Micro-Enterprise Development Programme, initiated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and supported by the Ministry of Industry. NMEFEN actively supports the Millenium Development Goals by aiming to reduce poverty through self-empowerment for micro-entrepreneurs.


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Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP)


The products of Saugat Griha are created by micro-entrepreneurs around Nepal, who have been initiated and supported by the Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP).


MEDEP is a Nepali wide project executed by the initiated in 1998 as the flagship Micro-Enterprise Support programme of Government of Nepal Ministry of Industry and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The aim of the programme is to help low-income families (being hardcore poor families) become entrepreneurs, promote the development of their enterprises, and then create a strong partnership between consumers of micro-enterprise products and services and local service delivery institutions. The target participants of the programme include hardcore poor families, lower castes of society (Dalit), indigenous groups, differently able participants and deprived women (widows, affected by conflict).

It is working in 38 districts across Nepal and has created 56,698 Micro-Entrepreneurs and 58,096 Employment opportunities by the end of 2012.

Overall there has been a 512% increase in Per Capita Income among beneficiaries, whilst 73.1% have lifted themselves out of poverty.

The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) is the programme’s major donor, which has been supporting MEDEP since 2006. There has been a significant contribution in enhancing the income levels of participating entrepreneurs.

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