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Submitted by Julie West on
Dear Joe, I live in Nepal part of each year and have a fashion design business their with Nepali entrepreneur partners. My experience in Nepal is aligned with the perceptions your reflect in your post: a smart, industrious, innovative and creative vibe that creates a palpable sense of good energy. I also wanted to let you know about a 2000 member strong group, Entrepreneurs for Nepal, that meets the last Thursday of every month at a restaurant venue. Each month an entrepreneur in Nepal speaks to the group sharing their stories of success, failure, and lessons learned. These meetings also provide the youth of Nepal with an opportunity to network with the speaker, other mentors and each other during a social hour following the talk. Leaders of the group also provide one-on-one mentoring to young enterpreneurs launching their projects. The group has a website,, and a Facebook fan page. While Nepal's constitution-writing is behind schedule and the government remains stagnant, groups like Entrepreneurs for Nepal are poised to lead Nepal's economic development by creating businesses, jobs and hope.