A Nepalese Dalit woman, Kesha Kumari Damini was recognized by the Norwegian Business for Peace Foundation for her initiative to lead a network of more than 60,000 micro entrepreneurs in Nepal. Kesha Kumari, who runs the Manisha Tailoring and Training Centre in Parbat district, started with a capital of Rs.4,000 with which she bought a sewing machine to run her tailoring business. Her customer base grew over time.
Kesha Kumari was noted for her success in mobilizing small entrepreneurs, mainly women, to become self-employed and overcome discrimination. She is now the chairperson of the National Microentrepreneurs Federation of Nepal which helps members with marketing their products and lobbying for policy changes in Kathmandu to recognize micro-enterprises. Two-thirds of its 60,000 members are women and a quarter of them are Dalit.