RMDC would like to congratulate Ms. Kesha Pariyar for being selected for globally coveted Business for Peace Award 2014. The award is given by Business for Peace Foundation, Based in Oslo, Norway. She will be awarded in a special function on May 15th, 2014 in the City Hall, Oslo, at the same auspicious venue where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year.
The selection committee has cited in the award "Business for Peace Honourees are businesspersons who, through their own actions and commitments, promote socially responsible and ethical business practices in an outstanding way, and set an examples to the World."
Ms. Kesha Pariyar is a microfinance client of NESDO Nepal, a partner MFI of RMDC. She is a member of Unnatishil Mahila Swabalamban Kendra, Kendra no. 50 of Khanigaun VDC of Parbat district. She joined microfinance program of NESDO Nepal in B.S. 2062 and took first loan of Rs. 10,000 and with that amount she purchased a sewing machine and started a tailoring business. She took second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth ,seventh and eighth loan of Rs. 10,000, Rs.15,000, Rs.30,000, Rs.10,000, Rs.20,000, Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 25,000 respectively and invested the loan amount to expand her tailoring business. Now her enterprise provides full time employment to six persons including her husband and a daughter.
Kesha belongs to a poor Dalit family of Binamare-7 Baglung who was married to Tek Bahadur Pariyar of Khanigaon-5, Parbat at the age of 18. Struggling to meet two square meals a day and overcoming social discrimination being a poor Dalit woman, she became member of the microfinance program and utilized small collateral free loan to start and expand her business. At the same time she has been encouraging the socially backward groups to advocate for their rights and also motivated them to do some income generating activities to uplift their livelihood.
She was elected as Chairperson of District Micro Entrepreneurs' Groups Association, Parbat in 2005 and also elected to lead National Micro Entrepreneurs Federation Nepal in 2006. Since then, Kesha has been providing continuous leadership to over 70,000 Micro Entrepreneurs. Her leadership and success has inspired many others to become entrepreneurs, explore self-employment opportunities and overcome discriminations.She has been able to create self identity in the international level which is a pride for all microfinance stakeholders.