In the wake of the devastating Nepal Quake in April and May 2015, the disaster severely affected 12,059 Micro Entrepreneurs (MEa��s) of UNDPa��s Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP), a joint poverty alleviation initiative of Micro Enterprise Development for Poverty Alleviation (MEDPA) Programme of the Government of Nepal with financial support from Australian Government. In June 2015, Australia donated an additional US$ 6.1 million to UNDP to implement the Rapid Enterprise and Livelihoods Recovery Project (RELRP).A� The aim of RELRP is to provide quick enterprise recovery support to earthquake affected micro entrepreneurs in seven severely affected MEDEP districts: Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Dolakha, Ramechhap and Sindhuli.
Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal collaborated with RELRP to support the livelihood recovery of micro-enterprise by providing its technological support through Monitoring and Evaluation App and Digital Literacy Training. The main objective is to revive the livelihood of micro-enterprise so that I can recover from the disastrous earthquake and move forward with their business.A�
- Dependence on paper based transaction which leads to increased cost
- Reliability of collected data
- Proper Database Management and reporting tool
- Develop e-literacy among micro-entrepreneurs
Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal developed a Mobile App that records the data of the status of Micro-enterprise and micro-entrepreneurs including the progress, work status, training requirements etc. along with the basic information. It is an offline sync app that locates the GPS location of the EDF along with the photo of ME helping in maintaining the transparency and reliability of data collected along with keeping track of the EDF both for security and official purpose. This was piloted in two major districts: Kavre and Sindhupalchowk where more than 900 data were collected. The report was later created using the Power Bi.
Along with the M&E App, Digital Literacy training were provided to a total of 43 MEs at Kavre and Sindupalchowk.