Community shot 01Namlo International builds strong, resilient communities, building on local aspirations, interests, and vision. Towards these goals, Namlo establishes long-term partnerships with community members, and operates from a ten-year window of opportunity, basing continued involvement on achievement, capacity and conditions at the field level. Namlo’s approach is broad-based, “bottom-up”, equitable, and encompasses a range of activities, designed in collaboration with community members, implemented with community investment which builds local leadership. Namlo also employs market-driven approaches to enhance the potential of achieving sustainability and self-reliance within each community.


Namlo’s mission to to build long term partnerships with vulnerable communities to support them in developing sustainable solutions to promote educational, economic, and nutritional well-being.

Here, you can read about what each of these three pillars entails.

Education Kids in fron of new Khamdenu classroom - low res

Namlo believes that education is the cornerstone of personal development, opportunity and achievement. Education approaches Namlo has implemented include:

  • Teacher Training
  • Adult Literacy
  • School Improvement
  • School Construction
  • Scholarship Programs




Sustainable Community Development Dipendra community meeting 02

The Community Development process is the underlying principle on which all Namlo projects are designed and implemented, and consist of building the capacity of community leaders so that they can create their own long-term vision of their community, and acquire the skills to achieve it.  Namlo’s approach to community development includes:

  • Conducting Baseline surveys
  • Asset and Needs Assessments
  • Participatory Rural Appraisals
  • Capacity building and Leadership Development
  • Skills training in community organizing
  • Project identification and prioritization
  • Market assessments

Namlo’s projects are outgrowths of the community development process, and engagement with community members who play the most important role in identifying, designing, and implementing projects



Economic Development & Market-driven Approaches greenhouse users




To tackle poverty and to build sustainable communities, Namlo works with community members to identify entrepreneurial activities that can not only raise incomes and living standards, but can also contribute to the well-being of the community as a whole.  This process harnesses the entrepreneurial spirit, desire for self-improvement and recognition of the inter-relatedness of individuals and communities.  This is the key to building resilient communities, and diminishes the risk of developing dependencies on Namlo or other organizations.  Current projects include:


  • Household Greenhouses for Nutrition and Incomes
  • Tomato Farming
  • Coffee Project
  • Ginger Project Expansion
  • Livestock Program
  • Women’s Cooperatives

Community Infrastructure school construction shot 01Namlo supports communities’ interests in improving basic infrastructure, health and services.  These projects are identified, designed, organized and financed with local community contribution, both cash and in-kind.

  • Sanitation – Latrine construction
  • Rural Water Supply
  • School and community center constructionwomen at spring

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Women’s Empowerment

volunteer teacher - Sabhung knitters low resWomen in developing countries are renowned for their strength.  Every day, they spend hours collecting water, firewood, cooking, cleaning, raising their children, caring for their families, and ensuring their families survive.  Despite their strength, women frequently do not occupy a strong position in their societies, either in terms of decision-making, access to resources, education, or even control over their own lives.  Namlo works to strengthen women at the village level, offering adult literacy classes, entrepreneurship opportunities, and the chance to be involved in leadership roles in their schools, communities and in their own homes.  Examples include:

  • The Sabhung Women’s Microenterprise Cooperative
  • The Dhuskun Women’s Cooperative
  • Adult Literacy and Cooperative training for women
  • The Nicaragua Greenhouse project