Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Surya Nepal to hold Asha Social Entrepreneurship award

After an inspirational start last year, Surya Nepal Asha Social Entrepreneurship Awards 2012, has officially begun today with a ‘Call for Applications and Nominations’.
The award, sponsored by Surya Nepal, organised by ChangeFusion Nepal, and supported by National Business Initiative (NBI), is the only event of its kind in the country.
"It gives social entrepreneurs a way to positively impact the communities in which they live," according to the organisers. "The aim of this initiative is to encourage social entrepreneurship at the grassroots level as well as to support projects which create positive social/environmental change, and are sustainable, innovative, scalable and credible."
Last year, Surya Nepal Asha Social Entrepreneurship Award recognised five such winners for their achievements and encouraged others to follow the examples of individuals creating social, environmental and economic impact.
Chhahari Production, one of the winners of the Asha Social Entrepreneurship Award last year, is a project that empowers women through capacity building and income generation training. Selected from among 66 applicants, the project staff say the award not only gave them the much needed financial aid, but also built public awareness about the project and its work through media coverage.
"This year too, we announce the call for nominations/proposals for, the first and only one of its kind award, to recognise Nepali social entrepreneurs, who create value for people, planet and profit," the organisers said, adding that the award aims at encouraging people to become ‘job creators’ instead of ‘job seekers’.
The award will also bring those hidden heroes out to the public, award the best ventures, and provide all our applicants the opportunity to join our network and promote their products and services, they added. "The vision of the award is not only to celebrate the hidden heroes for their great initiatives, but also to showcase their ventures and the impact they have made on their communities."

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