Young & ambitioned: Three new faces in Nepal’s Management Team

NEFACO (NEXUS Farmers Company) sustainably develops the income opportunities of rural smallholder farmers in the Chitwan Region in Nepal. The project embodies the understanding of development work that builds on the threefold combination of environmental, social and economic impact as an ingredient to success. To work towards this triple-bottom-line goal, three specialized team members now assist us with their expertise.

Meet Anusha Acharya, our Project Manager for Farming

Where are you from Nepal and what is your family structure like?

I grew up in Bharatpur. My small family consists of my grandparents, parents and my sister. My dad works for the local media while my mom is a housewife.


What was your path to become Project Manager for farming?

I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Before I joined NEFACO, I was able to gain experience working for a national NGO in the Sindhupalchok district of Nepal but was at the same time on the search of a home-based job.

Thankfully, my professor shared the vacancy announcement of NEFACO. After I receive the e-mail with the notice, I sent my CV to the Project Manager and was soon after invited to an interview. After talking to General Manager Susant I got the job! From the start, I was convinced by the social entrepreneurship approach of NEFACO and am happy to now be Project Manager Farming.


What are your tasks in your Position?

I am responsible for assessing the different possibilities for agricultural development in the region. Once a possibility is detected, I research on, work out and develop potential business opportunities, and, from then on, plan and implement the ideas in the project area.

What do you want to achieve working for NEFACO?

I want to increase the livelihood standard of the Nepali farmers through new techniques and technology in agriculture. This shall go hand in hand with the success and growth of the company.

Meet Rajan Adhikari, our Project Manager for Water

Where are you from Nepal and what is your family structure like?

I am from Nawalpur, where I live with my father, mother and grandmother. The prime occupation of my family is farming.

What was your path to become Project Manager for water?

After working as an accountant in different manufacturing companies, I was ready for a change and started to strive for the position of manager. Communication, teamwork and leadership – the core traits of a manager – are values I cherish and qualities I believe I possess and am keen to further develop. The position of Project Manager Water fulfills my expectations and is the perfect chance and challenge for me.

What are your tasks in your Position?

The tasks of my position are primarily to identify opportunities to expand the water business as well as to analyze sales and our marketing strategy. Further crucial tasks are the maintenance of a sustainable and productive relationship with our customers and to manage the daily operations of the NEXUS Centers, including employee training and development, production planning and risk assessments.

What do you want to achieve working for NEFACO and what challenges do you want to overcome?

Working as Project Manager for NEFACO I am motivated to increase my experience and knowledge, and apply my skills for the success of the company.

To meet the targeted objectives within the deadline and to win the heart of our customers are more challenging tasks to overcome.

Meet Srijana Thapa, our Social Mobilizer for the School Projects

Srijana Thapa is responsible for the maintenance of the water stations, the running of the water shops and the education of the pupils and their families. She is currently pursuing her higher studies in education, where she attends morning classes. From 10am on, she picks up her work at the schools. That is when the bell rings and the students come out to drink the water. Proactively, she started organizing events at the schools, for young and old, to educate the pupils on the importance of clean water, hygiene and sanitation.

She recalls how the inauguration of the drinking and hand washing stations has really changed the schools. The students now have the habit of daily drinking the healthy water and they now perceive washing their hands after the toilet as normal. In the past, the school had to be closed for about 20 days each year because there was no safe water supply. Srijana really enjoys her job because she is doing appreciated social work for the health of the students while being able to maintain her studies.

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