Our Approach

Our mission is to activate sustainable, effective, locally-driven change in Nepal.

Our approach  is to identify local community innovators and support them with seed money, gap funding, inclusive partnerships, and encouragement for long-term growth and development.

Seed Money

We support innovation with seed money for new ideas.

The hardest stage to fund a project is when it’s only an idea. For innovative changemakers, seed money creates an opportunity to bring vision into reality. We have given money to start a children’s home where there was none, to plant crops no one had farmed commercially in rural Nepal, to create novel classrooms geared for kindergarteners, and to start a safe house where no similar services for women exist. Once these projects have gained traction and proven they can be successful, our local partners effectively garner funding and generate income from local sources to provide a sustainable financial foundation and ensure project continuation and expansion in the future.
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Gap Funding

We bridge funding gaps to ensure successful project completion.

When there is money to build a school, but no money to purchase the land.

When there is money to build a tea factor, but no one to facilitate among tea farmers.

When there is money to conduct agricultural research, but no one to bring the knowledge to village farmers. 

When there is money to expandrural farming, but no farmer cooperatives to access government funds.

When there is money to  provide emergency rice, but no community cooperative to receive and distribute food.

When there is money to build water supply infrastructure, but no one to advocate for drought-stricken farmers.

When there is money to plant new crops on rural farms, but no money to transport saplings to remote villages.

When there is money to start projects in remote areas, but no financial support for local staff.

When there is money to build a school, but no money to purchase the land.

When there is money to build a tea factor, but no one to facilitate among tea farmers.

When there is money to conduct agricultural research, but no one to bring the knowledge to village farmers.

When there is money to expandrural farming, but no farmer cooperatives to access government funds.

When there is money to  provide emergency rice, but no community cooperative to receive and distribute food.

When there is money to build water supply infrastructure, but no one to advocate for drought-stricken farmers.

When there is money to plant new crops on rural farms, but no money to transport saplings to remote villages.

When there is money to start projects in remote areas, but no financial support for local staff.

Inclusive Partnerships

We bring people together to create strong, sustainable programs.

Experience has shown us that bringing together people of different education levels, ethnicities, socioeconomic resources, and life experience leverages different unique skills and perspectives to create successful programs. We ensure that voices are heard and that people come together in shared goals as we develop any project.

Inclusive Partnerships

We bring people together to create strong, sustainable programs.

Experience has shown us that bringing together people of different education levels, ethnicities, socioeconomic resources, and life experience leverages different unique skills and perspectives to create successful programs. We ensure that voices are heard and that people come together in shared goals as we develop any project.

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Photos: Deana Zabaldo

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