We have a new face who joined our hub this month! Meet Rashi!

Rashi Maharjan, is a Policy Researcher who has researched the Rural Communications Development Fund (RTDF) and Trade Protection Measures for Nepal. She graduated from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan majoring in International Relations and Peace Studies. Besides her policy interest, she has a keen development in the education sector as well. In 2023, she was awarded the Women Entrepreneur Award organized by Atelier Platform through Sakshyam 2.0 for her initiative “Learner’s Room” which aims to build libraries in rural areas of Nepal. Her interests revolve around policy research, equality, education and youth empowerment. She is also interested in learning languages and can speak up to 5 different languages. 

“I joined as a research officer at Impact Hub for one of the research projects, the Gender & Disability Inclusive Entrepreneur Support Towards Improved Access to Finance Research Project for Nepal.

We at Impact Hub Kathmandu, with Impact Hub Dhaka and Impact Hub Phnom Penh, are trying to dig deeper into what entrepreneurship support and sphere looks like for women with disabilities in the Asia Pacific region. This invaluable research project is possible through support from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Our focus lies on addressing the financing disparity and the underlying infrastructure that contributes to existing inequalities and challenges to access to finance and entrepreneurial support and bringing out a best practice collection that will allow incubators and accelerators to design more inclusive support programs!