Natural Resource Development Centre (NRDC)

Natural Resource Development Centre (NRDC) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 2006 in Lalitpur, Nepal, registered with the District Administration Office of Lalitpur (Regd. No. 157/063), and affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (Regd. No. 19733). The NRDC works to achieve synergy between local plant fibres and job creation for the rural poor and socially excluded groups of Nepal. We are driven by the desire to uplift the living standard of these disadvantaged communities through the development of environmentally friendly, natural resource-based enterprises in low opportunity areas. Over the decade that the NRDC has been operating, it has identified 42 fibre-rich plants that can be used for weaving, created over 70 varieties of marketable products, and played a key role in launching fibre-based enterprises across the country

Success Story


A entrepreneur is created

I am so happy about modernizing the skill to expand the market, “says 32 year old Sumitra Chaudhary with a huge smile, referring to how the NRDC Mobile Craft School training is reinventing Tharu..


Message from Sumitra

“I want to help women to become financially independent, “she says, explaining her plan to open a small shop in Nepalgunj to sell the newly developed Tharu cultural products.Today she has ..


Our Work


Towards tharu basketry

Towards the preservation of Tharu Basketry Culture The Tarai, southern belt of Nepal, is famous for basketry crafts, Mithila arts, and natural fiber floorings. The Tharu women, indigenous in that regi..

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CPLSUW project

The Conservation of Phewa Lake through Sustainable Use of Water Hyacinth (CPLSUW) project focuses to design a possible solution to control the widespread water hyacinth infliction in Phewa Lake by pro..


Nurturing weaving skills

Nurturing weaving skills based on natural fibers: a way towards women empowerment On 25 April, 2015, a powerful earthquake measured 7.3 in Richter scale struck with its epicenter at remote village of ..