Kathmandu Metropolitan City has issued the 'Women Entrepreneurship Development Procedure, 2021' in a bid to make women living inside the metropolis self-dependent by developing, promoting, and institutionalising women entrepreneurship through their economic empowerment.

The procedure published in the Local Gazette last week envisages conducting women entrepreneurship development programmes at the ward level. The programmes include several enterprises such as production of goods such as decorative and gift items through waste recycling, beauty parlour business, weaving and knitting, production of candles and incense sticks, production of typical Newari foods such as bara and chatamari, soft toys, clay pots, nursery plants, mobile and watch repair, dairy and meat products, bakery and online business.

As per the procedure, KMC will impart necessary training to women beneficiaries, assist them in chalking out a business plan and marketing products, and provide technical assistance and coordinate with the banks and financial institutions to help them receive subsidised loan under the entrepreneurship development programme.

KMC shall cover the cost of lunch and transportation for beneficiaries during the training, as per the procedure. The procedure has made the provision of a four-member management committee led by the vice-chairperson at Urban Development Commission of KMC to identify and develop the related programmes and conduct monitoring. Other functions and duties of the committee are to appoint consultants or trainers, approve the approach paper of entrepreneurship plan and prepare budget.

According to the procedure, only women living inside the metropolis permanently shall be entitled to submit application for being part of the entrepreneurship development programme.

KMC is required to publish a notice in a national daily newspaper, inviting application from interested and eligible women within 15 days.

The documents to be attached to the application include a copy of citizenship certificate, recommendation letter of the related ward office and other necessary documents as prescribed.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 11, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.