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Enterpreneurial Skills Development
Micro-enterprise development is one of the four sectoral rehabilitation options,
managed by UNDP, designed to assist the socio-economic rehabilitation of Verified
Minors and Late Recruits (VMLRs) by giving them the skills, confidence and support
to establish their own micro-enterprises. Through the rehabilitation programme,
VMLR’s have access to some 40 enterprise-based trainings. Courses such as mobile
phone repairing and tailoring are the most popular with 50% of the participants
under ME being women. Through this option, graduates return to society and establish
micro-enterprises to earn a living and serve the community in different capacities
Stages of Training
Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB): Participants receive an
11-day entrepreneurship course to equip them with the basic skills to start their
own business. They develop skills through motivational training, psychosocial counselling,
risk minimization techniques, product/service selection, understanding of the market,
salesmanship and its surrounding environment. This helps participants develop an
enterprise appropriate to their situation. Participants can choose between skill
based and non-skill based enterprises. During SIYB, participants receive food and
accommodation, gender-specific support, transportation and childcare allowances.
In addition, sickness and medical care is provided during training.
Skills Training: Participants take part in a 1-3 month skill training
course where they learn the skills necessary to establish an enterprise of their
choice. Skill training is offered to participants who opt for skill-based enterprises.
Participants who opt for non-skill based enterprises receive training on salesmanship
and book keeping. Business Start-up Support: After
producing an approved business plan and meeting the preconditions for the establishment
of an enterprise, participants receive Business Start-up Support to the value of
30,000–40,000 Nepali Rupees in kind. Participants also invest their own savings
in the establishment of their micro-enterprises. Business Promotional
Support: Based on individual needs assessment, participants are offered
tailored support in the form of refresher courses or a second round of capital support.
The refresher courses are aimed to enhance their skills and meet market needs and
the second round capital support is to strengthen and sustain business. The Business
Promotional support is valued at a maximum of 20,000 Nepali Rupees.
Regular Monitoring, Business Mentoring and Follow-up Support: UNIRP
through its five regional offices provides regular monitoring, business mentoring,
coaching, counselling and follow-up support for entrepreneurs. Through regular business
counselling and mentoring, career counsellors offer onsite immediate advice and
business solutions. Most importantly, participants are linked with local business
mentors, micro finance institutions, community cooperatives and credit and saving
groups. Through all stages, continuous mentoring is provided to ensure appropriate
and informed choices are made.