KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Thulo.Com and Enterprise for Management, Economic Reform and Gender Equality (EMERGE) announced the launch of Udhyami Utthan (UU) Online Shop (thulo.com/uu) on Monday.
According to the company, the UU online shop is a dedicated shop for products related to disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness, response, and recovery that are produced by women entrepreneurs/producers from both the formal and informal sectors including home-based workers. The products are showcased under the categories shelter, health, wash, education, food, and feel-good products.
“The UU online shop is a part of the online sales activity under the project titled ‘Fostering Resilience of Women led Businesses (Including home-based women producers) and Consumers’ which falls under the gamut of the Udhyami Utthan campaign. The project is supported by USAID’s Tayar Nepal - Improved Disaster Risk Management Project,” a statement issued by the company reads.
The purchase of each product is expected to support women entrepreneurs to run a resilient business. “The project offers a comprehensive package for women-owned/led businesses including home-based producers that involves upscaling entrepreneurship development skills through various training as well as promoting and marketing their products (used specifically on disaster management) on the e-commerce platform – Thulo.com,” the statement quoted Dr Mona Shrestha, CEO, EMERGE as saying.
The COO of Thulo.Com Surakchya Adhikari said that although there are a large number of women producers/entrepreneurs with amazing creativity in Nepal they lag behind as they are the worst hit during times of crisis due to lack of preparedness.
Adhikari futher said that they started the new e-commerce platform to support women by providing training, offering an online selling platform, providing awareness on Disaster Risk Reductions and Management (DRRM), among other skills. "All in all, we are here to help them become a resilient business owner," she added.
The project titled ''Fostering Resilience of Women Led Businesses (including home-based women producers) and Consumers'' strives to assist women-led businesses to sustain and come out stronger even during disasters.