उद्यमीको कथा एक तस्विर प्रतियोगिता is a national photo story competition which aims to bring out the stories of micro-enterprise through a single photograph and a short story of about 100 words.
Micro-enterprise refers to any economic unit engaged in the production and distribution of goods and services at household level. It is primarily of self-employed nature, employing the owner and sometimes the family members too. The enterprise runs on little amount of capital investment. Micro enterprises play a vital role in reduction of poverty in both urban and rural areas.
Over the last one decade, there has been an enormous increase in the number of micro-enterprises. These enterprises come with a strategy of being demand driven, sustainable enterprise partnership and local capacity building. Keeping in mind the problems of regulatory burden faced by entrepreneurs associated with micro-enterprises, the photo story competition aims to conduct a series of short advocacy campaigns centered on three sectors- trade, service and manufacturing and look into three areas: entry, tax compliance and compliance with standards.
With the idea that these entrepreneurs and their work and problems faced are often neglected by the mainstream society and that these stories are often not brought in the limelight, this competition aims to bring stories of such individuals in the public sphere.
The photo must be captured in a way such that it reflects difficulties and plights (also their contribution to the community) that an entrepreneur based with micro-enterprise faces. In addition to their click, photographer must also send a story behind the picture reflecting what (difficulties) they have tried to capture and send it along with their picture. The idea is to document the plight of micro enterprises in the (micro enterprises are already in the formal economy, except few cases) and barriers they face to be formal in Nepal.
With “उधमीको कथा!” as the main theme, contestants are required to submit photo story. Contestants should send in their entries along with the attached Submission Form via e-mail and in compliance with the stated Terms and Conditions. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for more details on how to enter the contest.