Namuna Sourya UrjahNamuna Sourya Urjah is a for-profit clean energy business with a mission to provide affordable access to all consumers without discrimination to caste or gender.

The two business partners (Laxmi and Basanti) aim to work in harmonious partnership and strive to be an example of good business in their community, providing opportunities for local girls unable to continue their education.

Namuna Sourya means a paramount partnership.

Laxmi Kumari Chaudhari loves social work and loves business, and she recognizes the value of both. Laxmi worked for four years in a tailoring shop and married a teacher. In addition to selling lights Laxmi runs her own tailoring business with two staff and has worked for the Red Cross for two years. She believes women should earn their own money and she does not want women to be oppressed like her mother.

Basanti Chaudhary likes to work for herself and she knows how to work hard. She started school when she was 10 years old, after her mother saved money for her to attend. Basanti worked in a factory for seven years before starting her own successful cosmetic shop. When her shop closed (due to new construction by the landowner) Basanti heard about Empower Generation and took the opportunity to start a clean energy enterprize with her business partners.

Namuna Sourya Urjah was founded with the support of the STEM programme – a 1.7 million GBP DFID funded, Mercy Corp implemented programme working to ‘Support the Education of Marginalised Girls in Kailali District’ where project work includes making solar light accessible to improve girls study time and improve their learning outcomes, and training girls in business skills, towards the goal of improving girls’ life chances.

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