The representation of women in the entrepreneurial world has grown extensively over the last decade. While Nepal has yet to see the same outcomes, female entrepreneurship is finding its way into the country’s business world. The growth in the number of female entrepreneurs has also seen a growth in the employment and empowerment of women. Here are five businesses in Kathmandu that were started and are being operated by women entrepreneurs!
1) Urban Girl
Urban Girl was co-founded by Nikita Acharya and Kiran Timsina back in 2012. In an environment where many other startups are struggling, Urban Girl has become one of Nepal’s most successful e-commerce stores, offering a range of products such as cosmetics, accessories, cakes and more. They highly emphasize on the satisfaction of their customers and have amassed a following of over half a million people on their Facebook page.
Contact | [email protected] | 01-6200120
Website | https://www.urbangirl.me/
2) Core Fitness Studio
Core Fitness Studio was co-founded by three female trainers: Doma Bajracharya, Shristi Shrestha and Tina Gurung. Located in Sanepa, Core Fitness aims to bring about positive changes in the lifestyle and health of the people through fitness classes like zumba, total body workouts, aerobics, dance, yoga, kickboxing etc. and regularly host workshops and certification programs.
Contact | [email protected] | 01- 6922769
Facebook | https://goo.gl/PMj1xh
3) Laavanya Ayurveda
Laavanya is a premier ayurvedic skin-care product manufacturer that sources its materials locally. It was started by Shweta Upadhyaya back in 2010 with the aim of promoting products that were manufactured locally. While their products can be bought online, they also have a store in Lazimpat. Currently, they sell their products in Nepal and are also popular in the United States.
Contact | [email protected] | 01-4411069
Facebook | https://goo.gl/yTw8kL
4) Himalayan Nettle
Himalayan Allo Udhyog is a nettle-fiber producer that sources raw materials from various locations in Nepal and processes them in their factory in Budanilkantha. It was started by Mala Thapa Magar in 2009 and sells its products to carpet makers and handicraft shops in Nepal and also exports them to countries like Korea and Japan. We have more young entrepreneurs in the world today than ever before and a bright example in Nepal is raising quite a few eyebrows.
Contact | [email protected] | 01-4275879
Facebook | https://goo.gl/ECGPQq
5) Bitter Sweet
Bitter Sweet is a premium homemade chocolate maker that was founded by Smriti Tuladhar. The only material sourced internationally is cocoa. They specialize in four flavors: Rum, Coconut, Hazelnut and Coffee. They sell their products across a multitude of restaurants and hotels in Kathmandu and are compatible with many international brands. It is just been a couple of years that she is in the business and she has already got a decent list of corporate clients!
Contact | [email protected] | 9849214455
Facebook | https://goo.gl/sof1AX