KATHMANDU, Aug 7: The 6th edition of the International Women Entrepreneurs Trade Fair will be held in Lalitpur on Aug 18-22. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is scheduled to open the fair, which the organizers say will bring together female entrepreneurs from various countries, including Nepal.
At a press conference organized in the capital on Sunday, the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs’ Association of Nepal (FWEAN), which organizes the fair, said the event is being organized to identify successful women entrepreneurs working in rural parts of the country live and promote their products to encourage them to continue their entrepreneurship. The fair, which will be organized at the Heritage Garden in Lalitpur, will have a total of 109 stalls.
At the press conference, FWEAN President Niru Rayamajhi Khatri said that women entrepreneurs from all seven provinces of Nepal will attend the fair. “All women entrepreneurs are eagerly waiting to bring and sell various goods, including herbal products, handicrafts and dental products, which they have made by investing their skills, time and investments in the market,” she said.
President Khatri said women entrepreneurs have suffered huge losses over the past two and a half years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. “Some of the women entrepreneurs have even reached the stage of closing down their business. Many others had to lay off their employees. As we turn these challenges into opportunities, we will bring all women entrepreneurs together on a single platform, offering them not only the support for market management but also unique opportunities to learn from each other’s experiences,” she said.
Shova Gyawali, Senior Vice President of FWEAN, said that FWEAN has been working for the development and promotion of women entrepreneurs in Nepal since its inception. She mentioned that FWEAN has also worked to include the issues related to women’s entrepreneurship in the decision-making process at both national and international levels, in addition to strongly advocating for their social and economic empowerment. “FWEAN has been successfully organizing international women’s fairs for five years,” she said.
Senior Vice President Gyawali, who is also the coordinator of the Sixth International Women Entrepreneurs Trade Fair, said the fair will showcase handicraft products, natural fiber items, Dhaka and handmade paper products, wood products, organic food, jewelry and decorative products. among other things. The fair will have stands of national and international women entrepreneurs.
Gyawali mentioned that the fair aims to help promote the skills and creations of women entrepreneurs and develop their identities at home and abroad. The fair offers visitors to the stands the opportunity to observe and buy high-quality products from female entrepreneurs from Nepal and various other countries including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.