empower_nava_logo_finalNava Urjah aims to increase the hours of study for school children by providing better access to safe and clean lighting.

Nava Urjah means new energy, to represent the alternative, reliable, safe energy available to customers.

Nava Urjah also aims to help out-of-school girls find gainful employment through training and mentoring to become solar sales agents.

Yam Pokhrel completed her School Leaving Certificate and grew up managing her family, including all the finances. Before marrying she worked with Maiti Nepal, an anti-trafficking organization. Yam also works as a negotiator in her village to settle domestic disputes and was previously awarded a prize for her work with the District Development Office.

Nava 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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