[dropcap type=”default”]H [/dropcap] ere is the story of Dulwa, a digital travelogue which is connecting the exquisite yet less explored places of Nepal
Dulwa (meaning: ‘Wanderer’ in native language) is an initiative of a youth with a vision for sustainable development of tourism. Just click https://dulwa.com/, and there you go! You are introduced with one of the most authentic and credible sources of information about the appealing and mesmerizing destinations of Nepal which are yet to be explored and scouted by the travel enthusiasts.
The ‘Initiation’ that began with an ‘Incident’
Mr Nipun Shakya, the founder of dulwa.com, was never a travel and tourism enthusiast before 2016. As a computer teacher at a local school and a volunteer tutor for the sons of taxi drivers, he had a simple lifestyle devoted to teaching and spreading knowledge. Things changed after an unplanned trek to Ghorepani during the school vacations. It was during this particular trek that he realized how beautiful Nepal was and how insufficient was the information available about the hidden treasures that were waiting to be explored, written about and shared to the world. He saw another side of the tourism industry where people were focused on marketing the very well known places but nothing was done to promote the real untouched gems that lied in the nooks and corners of the country.
He also met people who play an important role in making your travel and trek experience worthwhile. Well, he had heard about how kind people are in every part of the country, he actually got to witness that love, care and kindness himself during the trek where he met amazing people with wonderful stories to share. Along the way, he met Aama (‘Mother’ in native language) at Nayapul who had a small shop where she showcased her handwoven hand bands. He vividly remembers the incidents and narrates as follows:
I promised Aama that I will buy one of the hand bands during my return journey but with all the emotions and innocence, she told me how everyone promised her the same thing but never showed up later to buy anything. In order to cheer her up, I insisted to take her picture when with a heavy heart, she shared , ” All they do is take my picture and sell them to earn for themselves”. Moved by her words, I lowered the camera, looked at her, and again promised to be back “
While he was returning from his trek, he saw the same Amaa waiting for travellers to buy her hand bands in despair. Mr Shakya blissfully asked, ” Do you remember me Aama? I am the same guy who promised to be back and buy your beautiful hand bands.” He further added,
It was such a special moment when I saw a wide smile on Amaa’s face. ‘A man of words’ was what she replied and that very moment I realized how we can create a change to someone’s life who is struggling just to sustain. So after reaching back to home, I reflected the whole incident and then dulwa.com was born after the research of 18 months.
Journey to the National Social Business Challenge 2019
Dulwa had participated in both Udhyami Seed Camp 2017 and 2018 but unfortunately could not secure any positions that aroused the doubts in Mr Shakya about Dulwa’s future. Already startled by the failure of his software company which couldn’t sustain for more than 1 and a half year in the past, the founder was in the verge of shutting down Dulwa but in 28th August 2019, he got new hopes. On the very same day, Dulwa was able to bag the first position in the 4th National Social Business Challenge 2019 and will be representing Nepal in the World Innovation Forum which is fully funded and is going to be held in Switzerland this January. He shares his gratitude to his amazing team and especially to Amaa who not only gave him the idea for Dulwa but also made him realized that not all businesses aim exclusively for profits; some serve the community and that’s exactly where Dulwa stands.
The future plans
Currently, Dulwa has 14 freelance writers writing authentic stories based on their own experiences. It has also its website development team which is working restlessly to launch the app of Dulwa by the end of January whereas its marketing team is also trying to reach to maximum communities. Following the last year’s data statics, he says,
Around 63,000 students applied for the student visa to go abroad. That’s why we want to take Dulwa in that height where it can provide 63000 jobs opportunities by the end of 2030. In this way, we are not only preparing Nepal to welcome these students to come back and work in the motherland itself, but also trying to address the possibility that no more young generations need to join the brain drain for jobs in future.
Message to the youths
Mr Nipun emphasized on how one must calculate the limitations while being an entrepreneur. He says ” You must be aware of the reality and follow your passion by knowing the limitations. You shouldn’t be expecting higher than your efforts because entrepreneurship is uncertain and risky.”
Dulwa is not just a story of another startup. It’s indeed the tale of all those unexplored scenes and unheard experiences dwelling in every share of the country which is waiting optimistically to get noticed and be cherished. With the year of Visit 2020 that is bringing all the popular tourist spots into vogue, Dulwa is trying its best to connect as many ‘less travelled roads’ as it can and Udhyami Nepali is proud indeed for such visionary efforts. If you also like to contribute to their vision, then do reach them at https://dulwa.com/ or contact us.
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