Hubfor sustainable projects
The association always needs volunteers for its projects, and it is also open to internships!
We met Shilshila Acharya in the office of Himalayan Climate Initiative. Though office is not the right word, as it combine a vegetable garden, individual offices built out of former containers, and a group workspace. This space is unclassifiable. They grow their own vegetables : potatoes, onions, tomatoes, pumpkins, cucumber, … every part is cultivated, or contains flowers for bees. Toilets are for both genders, and built with reused materials, so as their new workspace. And on top of that, their green cafeteria, fed by the crops, is vegetarian.
After a quick tour of their beautiful workspace by Anju Khatakho, we are welcomed by Shilshila, CEO of the organization who presented the ambitious project carried by HCI.
From A to Z a rational model is the key
Their model is based on 3 cornerstones:
- Education: The transmission of sustainable ways to the next generation is the starting point of the change they want to make in Nepal
- Demonstration: At HCI, they believe than experience is fundamental to be able to teach others.
- Advocacy: As an incubating hub, HCI helps entrepreneurs establish a business plan, provides free advice, houses some of them and pushes them towards a social enterprise model to maximize the positive impact of their company.