To celebrate the initial success of Hamri Bahini- The Green Angels Social Enterprise, His Excellency Mr. Frank Meyke organized a dinner at his residence. The dinner marked the success of Himalayan Climate Initiative’s Hamri Bahini Cotton Shopping Bag project that received angel funding from GIZ. Hamri Bahini Cotton Shopping Bag project aims to provide alternatives for the commonly used polythene bags found in every nook and corner of Nepal. The project has received massive private sector’s support as well with corporate partners like Jyoti Group, QFX Cinemas, World Link Communications Pvt. Ltd., Prisma Advertising, and PAGE. Bhatbhateni Super Market, the largest supermarket Chain of Nepal, with six outlets in Kathmandu and Pokhara, is the business partner in this project. At Bhatbhateni, all the customers are charged Re. 1 for every polythene bags used and the Hamri Bahini Cotton Shopping Bags are available at subsidized price of Rs. 30 per bag.
The ambassador of Germany, H.E Mr. Frank Meyke welcomed all the guest at his residence. Ambassador of Finland, Britain, and Norway also graced the dinner with their presence. Apart from the ambassadors, the country director of GIZ, Mr. Roland F Steurer was also present. The party also saw massive involvement of people from private sectors. Mr. Min Bahadur Gurung, MD of Bhatbhateni Supermarket, Mr. Saurabh Jyoti, MD of Jyoti Group, Mr. Anuj Agrawal, Director of Vishal Group, Mr. Nakim Uddin, MD of QFX Cinemas, Mr. Dileep Agrawal, CEO of Worldlink, Mr. Sudip Thapa, MD of Stuti Mero Mart are just a few names present at the gathering. Mr. Pavitra Bajracharya, President of Nepal Retailers Association, Mr. Anil Chitrakar, Chairperson of Himalayan Climate Initiative, Mr. Prashant Singh, CEO of Himalayan Climate Initiative, Mr. Subash Nirola, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board was also present in the dinner.
The ambassador of Germany, H.E. Mr. Frank Meyke welcomed the guest with his small speech where he praised the noble cause that Himalayan Climate Initiative is standing for. He appreciated the effort of the HCI team, especially the CEO, Mr. Prashant Singh for bringing in all the partners together, especially the private sector in the project. His excellency also praised Mr. Min Bahadur Gurung, MD Bhatbhateni Supermarket for his big heart in accepting this project with arms wide open and setting an example for every one else to follow. His excellency then asked Mr. Prashant Singh, CEO of HCI to share the idea of the project.
Mr. Singh praised Ms. Ellen Kallinowsky, Program Manager, GIZ- INCLUDE for believing in the idea and providing the initial support required to initiate the project; Mr. Saurabh Jyoti trusting on the initiative and Mr. Min Bahadur Gurung for showing his greatness by accepting and partnering on the project.
Mr. Min Bahadur Gurung shared his thoughts on the project and highlighted that it is our duty to clean the mess that we created and Hamri Bahini Shopping Bag Project is just a small step of affirmative action. Mr. Min Bahadur Gurung emphasized the need of more actions on the road to banning polythene usage in Kathmandu and ultimately Nepal. He further urged the private sectors involved in retail business to come on board and work hand in hand to secure a better future for our children.