Celebrating entrepreneurs who create social, environmental and economic values
The Surya Nepal Asha Social Entrepreneurship Award (SNASEA) recognised eight “Hidden Heroes” and four “Agents of Change” on Tuesday.
Originally conceived as the first ever award to recognize Nepali social entrepreneurs who create value for the people, SNASEA 2012 featured an additional recognition — “NBI Agent of Change” for business es that support start-ups, assist enterprise development and promote the culture of entrepreneurship in Nepal.
The SNASEA has awarded five winners and recognised three individuals who have dedicated their lives to change. Among the five social entrepreneurs receiving the honours are Shanti Shakya Dolma of Kakani Himalayan Natural Dyes, Chiranjeevi Poudel of Seeing Hands Clinic, Dr Bishal Dhakal of Health at Home, Prachanda Shakya of Nepal Traditional Handicraft Training Centre and Jasmaya Pun of Hampaal Allo Tatha Kapada Bunai Udyog.
Shanti Shakya Dolma was awarded for providing an alternative to the negative impact created by artificial dyes besides mobilizing and empowering others within the community by providing skills.
Similarly, Chiranjeevi Poudel was honoured for addressing the challenges and lack of employment opportunities for the visually impaired by creating jobs and transferring skills.
Meanwhile, Dr Bishal Dhakal was awarded for creating an innovative solution to the various problems faced by patients while dealing with healthcare services and creating easy access to healthcare.
SNASEA honoured Prachanda Shakya for keeping the legacy of traditional art alive through his training institute while Jasmaya Pun’s exemplary work of training women in Allo production in Parbat won her an SNASEA award. As a special addition this year, three social entrepreneurs were recognised for their selfless contribution and for relentlessly working for more than 10 years for the betterment of the community. Govinda Ghimire of Alternative Herbal was recognized for his innovativeness in using natural resources for the betterment of the community and the people involved. Likewise, Tara Baskota Adhikari of Shangri-La Agro World was honoured for using a business model which impacts all the employees and the surrounding communities of the village in Panchthar. Som Prasad Gauchan of Everest Tea Estate received an award for addressing the problems related to the extreme backwardness of Bhotechaur village and creating opportunities for the local people.
Four businesses recognised by NBI Agent of Change were honoured as the 2012 Honourees. They were Himalayan Naturals, Lotus Holdings, Women Support Saving and Credit Cooperative Society and Brihat Investments. Organised by ChangeFusion Nepal, SNASEA 2012 was sponsored by Surya Nepal and supported by National Business Initiative.