There are many ordinary people doing extraordinary work to create social, environmental and economic value. Often we do not even know about their great achievements. The, Surya Nepal Asha Social Entrepreneurship Award (SNASEA) brings those hidden heroes out to the public. We award the best ventures and give all of our applicants the opportunity to join our network and promote their products or services.

The SNASEA is an event to showcase the ideas and products of social entrepreneurs through Bazaar, Seminars and Award. All of them aim at recognizing and promoting those who create value for people, planet and profit and those who become job creators instead of job seekers.

The Bazaar is a marketplace with a difference; with a  focus on exchanging  ideas rather than just products:

  • Social entrepreneurs display their products, services or ideas to customers, potential investors, friends and other guests.

  • This gathering is a learning ground for the entrepreneurs to market and network with potential customers and investors and a great opportunity for all guests and exhibitors to share ideas and develop new ones.

  • Experts and seasoned entrepreneurs give their time to discuss ideas and business plans.

The seminars provide an environment of learning for the guests and entrepreneurs and is a great  opportunity to exchange ideas and interact:

  • Social Entrepreneurs speak about their ideas and ventures with guests, fellow entrepreneurs and potential investors. Feedback and suggestions will be important for them to learn and grow. 

  • Established social entrepreneurs share their stories. They tell about the ups and downs of starting a business, about the challenges and how to convert them into opportunities, and they are happy to discuss business plans and venture ideas.

  • Experts speak about how to access finance, how to develop business plans and implement them, how to establish networks and successful partnerships, how to improve sales and marketing and other issues of major interest to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Award Ceremony: The Ceremony will see the most innovative, successful, effective or promising social entrepreneurs being awarded. This event receives special attention of the media, the business community and investors.

SNASEA 2011 Winners

The five winners are as follows:

1. Ram Sapkota (Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition and Tukee Nepal, Jyamrung) for the impact that has been made in Jyamrung, Dhading. The projects range from eco toilets, micro hydro electricity, and health to education.



2. Sabita Maharjan (Kirtipur Hosiery, Kirtipur) - Sabita has been impacting women through the cooperative that she started along with Kirtipur Hosiery. The cooperative which is only for women currently has approx 375 members with 130 shareholders. Overall, she has impacted women by providing them with employment as well as making them financially independent.  

3. Shyam Badan Yadav (Kalash Milk Industry, Dhorey Village, Parsa) provides income generating sources through the milk collection centre he has established and by distributing free livestock (39 to start with and increasing to 100 in 1.5 months) to poor people in the village of Dhorey and neighbouring villages. 


4. Vijaya Development Resource Centre (VDRC, Nawalparasi) has mainstreamed different dimensions of development under one umbrella encompassing education, media, microfinance and various other thematic areas following its vision of an equitable, affluent and self reliant society.

5. Chhahari Services (Kathmandu) caters to women with no skills to generate income by empowering them through capacity building and income generating trainings. These women when empowered go back to their respective communities to start their own entrepreneurship and others look for employment in reputable industries.

The winners received a package including a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh from Surya Nepal Private Limited along with the opportunity of networking through ChangeFusion Nepal. Updates on each of the winning ventures will be regularly posted on the ChangeFusion Nepal Social Media sites as well as the website

Surya Nepal Asha Social Entrepreneurship Award 2011 is sponsored by Surya Nepal Private Limited, organised by ChangeFusion Nepal and supported by NBI.


SNASEA 2012 Winners
The Surya Nepal Asha Social Entrepreneurship Award (SNASEA 2012) event felicitated five winners with three specially recognized awards with 4 NBI Agents of Change Honorees.

The five winners are as follows:

1. Shanti Dolma Shakya (Kakani Himalayan Natural Dyes) awarded for providing an alternative to the negative impact created by artificial dyes along with mobilizing and empowering others within the community by providing skills.




2. Chiran Jeevi Poudel (Seeing Hands Clinic, Kathmandu) awarded for addressing the challenges and lack of employment opportunities for the visually impaired through job creation and skill transfer.




3. Jasmaya Pun (Hampaal Allo Tatha Kapada Bunai Udhyog) awarded for being an example, not just in Parbat but the whole of Dhaulagiri zone where she and her team have trained women in Allo production.




4. Bishal Dhakal (Health at Home Private Limited) awarded for creating an innovative solution to the various problems faced by the patients while dealing with the healthcare services and creating easy access to healthcare.




5. Prachanda Shakya (Nepal Traditional Handicraft Training Center) awarded for keeping the legacy of traditional art alive through his training institute and also providing avenues of employment and learning for the younger generation.  




Govinda Ghimire, Tara Baskota Adhikari and Som Prasad Gauchan were recognized in the ceremony. Honorees of NBI Agents of Change are Lotus Holdings Pvt. Ltd., Himalayan Naturals Pvt. Ltd., Women Support Saving and Credit Cooperative Society Ltd., Brihat Investments Pvt. Ltd.

SNASEA 2013 Winners
The five winners are as follows:

1. Dipak Prasad Koirala (Junar Kendriya Sahakari Sangh) who has systematized and promoted junar fruits and farming for better livelihood opportunities to combat farmer’s exploitation.





2. Fulmaya Tamang (Bhattedanda Women Farmers Cooperative) for her immense strength and conviction that led to social and economic empowerment of women in the community.




3. Madhukar KC (Matribhumi Urja) for his patented air flow supplier in pursuit of the innovation which has immense impact on the health and environment.





4. Prem Bahadur Lama (Ashapuri Organic Farm) for his commitment to healthy lifestyle and nationwide promotion of organic farming knowledge among farmers.





5. Suman Shakya (SmartPaani) for promoting eco-friendly rain water harvesting for water conservation to overcome the problems of water shortage and mismanagement across the country.




Along with the five winners, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Team from Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology was awarded with special recognition for their life changing contribution for humanity.