Supporting Micro-Enterprises in Nepal

In Nepal, 7 out of 10 people rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. But agricultural jobs are not stable; they change from season to season, and the unemployment rate at any given time is staggering.

But there is hope for people seeking a way out of poverty in Nepal. The country is home to a rich tradition of beautiful handicrafts, such as clothing, jewelry, and art. With support from UNDP Nepal, thousands of micro-entrepreneurs have started their own businesses, under the auspices of a project called the Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP). This has breathed new life into the creation of many ancient handicrafts, including the highly-skilled weaving of Dhaka fabric, one of the oldest crafts in Nepal.

Now, the UNDP Shop is making these lovely handmade products available to you. See the selection below!