Busi­ness Leader

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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.

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