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A Messenger of Sentiments- Bal Krishna Joshi from Nepal

Originally co-written as part of “Entrepreneurs for Nepal” group along with Samriddhi, the prosperity foundation

Bal Krishna Joshi argues that he might most probably be the most famous “goat-seller” of the world. Bal is best known for co-founding thamel.com, an internet e-commerce business that enables expatriate Nepalis to purchase gifts and arrange for their delivery within Nepal, including famously, selling goats over the internet, during Dashain festivals.

What made him an entrepreneur? His dislike for a career oriented job and his reluctance to work for a corporate entity. His search for new opportunities got his attention towards the IT industry. With a friend of his, Bal thought of building an information portal. His friend registered thamel.com. Their initial step was to cater to the needs of the site visitors by creating a chat platform. The platform was also intended for the vendors to use to connect to their prospective customers and sell their products. But to their surprise, they found that most of the users which consisted of Nepali students studying abroad, used the platform to connect to their relatives and friends here in Nepal. Bal remembered a website called 1800flowers.com which used to sell

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Water is gold if you are looking for entrepreneurship in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu, A city of 5 Million (unofficially)

we talk about electricity problem of 16 hours a day load shedding (that is being addressed urgently by the government). A larger problem is looming. “water or the lack of it” is the prime talk issue among-st house-holds in Kathmandu.

Tap water comes once every few days in most places in Kathmandu. With this ‘crisis’ is a gold opportunity.

Just find a way to solve this problem (or small part of it) by and you have a good “social entrepreneurship” opportunity of a life time.
Few ways i have heard so far.

“monsoon rain harvesting in individual homes for use in dry seasons”

“efficient affordable private water distribution systems to invidual homes”

” affordable and big water retention tanks for winter”

“clean technologies that recycle water used in homes”

“kitchen utilities that regulate less use of water with maximum efficiency – ie. new efficient utilities designs”

Up for the challenge?  you are in a gold field here! well i am thinking about it myself.

Share your wild ideas?