Sonam Lama was born and grew up in a small hill town of Hile in Eastern Nepal. He and his family moved to Kathmandu after completing his university education. Since his college days, Sonam Lama has been an active social worker and right activist who has been working for the rights of indigenous nationalities in Nepal. He believes in and struggles for Nepal’s indigenous nationalities’ political and economic betterment and has worked over the years on both fronts in different capacities. Currently, Sonam Lama is the Vice-president of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), an autonomous national representative umbrella organization of Nepal’s 59 indigenous nationalities. He also outstands as a social entrepreneur and is one of the founding members and current CEO of Tamor Saving & Credit Co-operative, Boudha, Kathmandu. Under his leadership, Tamor Saving & Credit Co-operative has successfully provided low-interest-rate microfinance to businesswomen, handicraft industries, small entrepreneurs, and new businesses.
Dawa Tsering Sherpa hails from the village of Lungthung, in the district of Taplejung in Northeastern Nepal. He has been with The Butterfly Help Project Nepal since 2014. He is a professional community mobilizer with extensive experience working with multiple communities in his home village and Kathmandu. He is also serving Walung Upliftment Society as its Vice-president and has been working extensively to preserve and promote the Walung community’s language and culture. His active engagement and love towards his community also let him serve as the secretary of Tamor Saving & Credit Co-operative, which has been instrumental in helping small entrepreneurs in their respective businesses and enterprises. Dawa Tsering Sherpa has a deep passion and motivation to serve his community.