Two financial experts from European bank BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA are spending two weeks in Nepal volunteering on a bespoke project that will build local entrepreneurial skills.
Aurelien Dartevelle and Joana Monteiro will be welcomed to the rural region of Makwanpur by Raleigh team members and local project partners who they’ll work with to deliver training and mentorship to local young people.
They will help at least ten young start-up entrepreneurs to create or develop their own enterprises, which range from agriculture to beauty.
Joana said: “Raleigh is obviously very experienced in this type of work and this is a very good opportunity for me. I’ve never done anything like this before.
“We are going to learn a lot from the Nepalese people, like how they solve their own problems. And we will help them to ask the right questions and share our experience and financial expertise. We will do whatever we can to help their businesses to be successful.”
Aurelien said: “I wanted to continue volunteering with sustainable development organisations. The promising partnership between Raleigh and BNP Paribas, which share many values and objectives, was a great occasion to do so.
“I hope to support the entrepreneurs building or improving their businesses by providing practical trainings and sharing relevant experiences. We’ll then see in a few months or more the first results.
“I am really looking forward meeting with the various entrepreneurs in the two communities, hearing their personal stories and plans for their businesses, and then working with them towards a solid business plan.”
Unemployment is a major challenge for young people in Nepal. Many feel they have no choice but to leave the rural areas where there are no jobs to find work in cities or even abroad.
Raleigh educates young people about business through the Raleigh ICS Livelihoods programme. It means young people are equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to start up their own businesses. This bespoke project with BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA will offer those young entrepreneurs further knowledge and skills.
Aurelien and Joana will get to know the young entrepreneurs and support them to identify market and product opportunities, develop marketing strategies, create business and financial plans and take the first steps towards getting a new business off the ground.