Chet Sapkota, also known as Kumar, was born in 1968 in the district of Kaver in Nepal. Unlike his sisters, he was given the chance to attend school, but spent most of his childhood in poverty. This led him to question the discrimination and different treatment for rich and poor people. When he was a teenager, he joined an organized that opposed the authoritarian monarchy in Nepal, going to underground activities with the goal to end the inequalities in the country. Eventually, he had to leave for the capital city of Kathmandu due to the repression of the State. He started working in a factory and became part of a trade union. He was later arrested and tortured by authorities and had to leave his job. After recovering from serious body injuries, Kumar started a street business and became an advocate for the rights of street vendors and other informal traders in Nepal, a struggle he has been leading for decades. Read Kumar’s full biography here.
Date of creation: May 23, 2003
AIMS: protection of the rights of self-employed workers
Nepal Street Vendors’ Unions (NEST) is the Federation of Street Vendors or the workers involved in street business, affiliated to the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT).
The federation has been established for the protection of the rights of the workers who are washing dishes, selling house utensils, stove-pins, dolls, foods, vegetables, watches, clothes and many more sitting in the street. Covered the self-employed, this union has the network of vendors to the traders using vehicles or walking on foot for selling goods in bags. The federation has been registered at the Department of Labour 87th federation in May 23, 2003.
StreetNet welcomes the Nepal Union of Street Traders (NEST-Nepal) and Moldova-Business-Sind (Moldova) as newly established StreetNet Regional Focal Points (RFP) for Asia and Europe respectively.
Recently, at the 2018 International Council meeting, StreetNet leadership approved the recommendation of its affiliates from Asia and Eastern Europe to move the StreetNet RFPs for Asia to Nepal and the RFP for Europe to Moldova.
NEST appointed Brother Narayan Neupane, who has served as a member of StreetNet International Council (2013-2016) as the RFP Contact Person. He will run the RFP work from NEST with technical support from the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT), with which NEST is affiliated. (more…)
National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), StreetNet Affiliate and Focal Point for Asia reacted immediately as soon as they heard about the plight of Nepal, when the devastating earthquake struck on 25 April 2015. NASVI sent an appeal letter around the world for humanitarian aid to assist the affected Nepalese people.
On 17 May 2015, a truck loaded with essential supplies for more than 131 families set off on a two-day journey from Patna to Nepal.
For the injured and other earthquake-affected people in Nepal, NASVI in partnership with NIDAN and StreetNet international had sent one truck full of relief food including rice, salt, oil and pulses.
"We appreciate the quick response of our partners, coming to the aid of earthquake stricken Nepal," said Arbind Singh National Coordinator for NASVI. "The relief goods will be handed over to the Nepal Street Vendors Union (NEST) who are working hard to provide urgent help to the most vulnerable people impacted in Nepal.
The Nepal Earthquake has caused thousands of people to be displaced and injured with many sadly losing their lives. Assistance will be needed for months to come.
You can help by making a financial donation via the following bank if you are living outside of India:
New Association of Street Vendors of India
Account Number: 912010047605315
IFSC Code: UTIB0000738
Branch: Jhandewala Extn
If you living in India you can donate via online
or visit this link if you live in other countries
For more information, please contact
The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI)
Coordination Office: 6 School Lane,
Opposite Hotel Lalit, New Delhi-110001, India,
Tel/Fax: 011- 41513014/ 41514726; Mob: +91 9810950121
National Coordinator (NASVI)