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People who have lived in Nepal for a long time must have noticed the ubiquitous Kirana Pasals, small mom and pop stores that adorn every street faced building. However, it also observed that these micro enterprises rarely grow to become medium or large-sized operations, like department stores or supermarkets. This observation called for a quest to find out what prevented the growth of these independent businesses run by entrepreneurial and hardworking people and if it had anything to do with economic freedom.
Using both primary and secondary data sources, Samriddhi Foundation conducted a study for six months (April – September 2013) to understand an economic phenomenon which is part of the daily life of most Nepalese and yet, has rarely been studied before, let alone from the lens of economic freedom.Here is the detailed finding of the report.