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A Little Step
Named for the idea that it often just takes "a little step" to serve one’s community...

Sano Paila (A Little Step) is a member-based, non-governmental, non-partisan organization working towards community development in the socially marginalized and impoverished regions of rural Nepal. Committed to redefining the development sector in Nepal, we take a bottom-up approach to development. We have a track record of diagnosing the most complex problems at grassroots level, conceiving innovative models to solve those problems, and effectively implementing programs by employing diverse and inclusiveimplementation teams.Our people are our assets, and the single biggest factor for our innovation and continual success in program implementation is our organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion. Named for the idea that it often just takes "a little step" to serve one’s community and induce positive change, the organization was founded by a group of passionate, self-motivated, and dynamic youths in 2006. Sano Pailaenvisions a community where development is spearheaded by the members of the community itself thus ensuring equitable participation (with a strong focus on youths) and sustainability. We undertake projects based on community-wide approach, enhancing and promoting the voices of the community, with a strong emphasis on youth. What distinguishes us from other organizations is the fact that we inspire people to tackle complicated problems ignored by the government, private sector, and state security with local solutions that ensures a degree of sustainability built into the project. Sano Pailamobilizes and utilizes its expanding grassroots youth network to build positive connections among the residents based on mutual responsibility and ownership. We strive to ensure equal treatment and participation of community residents as well as equitable access to the benefits of resources.

  • Misson Statement & Philosophy

    “Building unified, self-reliant, and empowered communities to build the nation” Sano Paila aims to build unified, self-reliant & empowered communities in Nepalthrough sustainable development, rehabilitation and livelihood enhancement, peace-building, health improvement, and educational programs.Founding Philosophy “ It is a true fact that we ourselves hold the key to social reform and are responsible for the overall development of our communities. We are truly devoted to the idea that as the power of spirit rises within, so does the desire to serve our communities. We constantly seek a comprehensive approach towards care for and advancement of the poor and disadvantaged, and acknowledge that the best means to reach our goal is a large heart, an open mind and innovation based on needs, best practices, and new technologies. ”

  • Registrations and Affikiations

    Sano Paila has acquired all registrations and affiliations required by the laws of the Government of Nepal. We are registered with the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Finance,District Administration Office (DAO) of Parsa, and Inland Tax Office of Birgunj, Parsa. We are affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (SWC) of Kathmandu and have full-membership to the NGO Federation, Parsa.

  • Governance

    The governing and structural organs of Sano Paila are: a) The Plenary Meeting/General Assembly.b) Founding Committee.c) The Governing Board.d) The Chief Executive Officer.e) Advisory Board.


Real people with real ambitions to change the nation.
Kanchan Jha
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Kanchan founded Sano Paila (A Little Step) in 2006 with the aim of tackling the most complex problems in the socially marginalized and impoverished communities of rural Nepal. In 2009, the Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship, Hong Kong, honored him as a ‘Paragon 100 Fellow’ .
Brijal Chaudahri
Chief Operating Officer
Brijlal joined Sano Paila in 2010. As the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Brijlal oversees the implementation of all Sano Paila projects and programs, as well as manages the overall operations of the organization. Prior to Sano Paila, he had founded and managed an education project – Literacy for Nepal.
Kumud Ghimire
Head of Strategy & Development
Kumud joined Sano Paila in 2014. As the Head of Strategy & Development, he focuses on multiple areas of the organization including: fundraising strategy, human resources strategy, development of robust monitoring & evaluation mechanisms, and innovative social entrepreneurship models.
Kesahb Prasad Dhakal
Head of Finance
Keshab joined Sano Paila in 2014. As the Head of Finance, he is responsible for budget formation and managing the financial management system within the organization. He has over 30 years of experience in management with an emphasis on accounting, finance, audit, budget, and treasury.
Subir Ghosh
Head of Communications
Subir joined Sano Paila in 2007. As the Head of Communications, he manages organization’s all major communication and outreach programs. He has strong skills in establishment and management of grassroots projects and has developed robust community relationships at the local level.
Arvind Singh
Public Affairs & Government Relations Consultant
Arvind is a Founding Advisor at Sano Paila, and took a new role as Public Affairs & Government Relations Consultant in 2014. He has a robust network in all spheres both at the local level and national level. He is also a Founding Advisor of Sanskriti – a junction for creative youths.

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