- Program Year
- Country of Current Residence
- City/Town of Current Residence
- Current Position
- Sauvé Fellow
- Jeanne Sauvé Foundation
Social Entrepreneur, Community Developer, Advocate
- Environment, Indigenous youth empowerment, Non-profit / Philanthropy
- English, Nepali, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Bangla, Hindi, Swahili
- Oliver T. Coomes, Professor, Department of Geography, McGill University; Satoshi Ikea, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University
- Interest(s) / Expertise
- community, empowerment, justice, NGOs, youth
Brijlal is a social entrepreneur dedicated to enhance the standard of living of the marginalized and impoverished communities of rural Nepal. He is passionate about wealth creation by collaborating with community members.
Brijlal is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, in Monterey, California.
Brijlal has five years of experience in running a youth based grassroots NGO called Sano Paila (A Little Step) in southern Nepal. He works as Chief Operation Officer and oversees eight different projects that are focused on providing justice to the marginalized population and integrating them into the life of the nation. He is also running Paurakhi Saving & Credit Co-operative Society Ltd. and providing access to financing for the rural population. He also aims to provide asset loans to the farmers in his village and eventually scale up this idea. Currently, he is testing Systemic Rice Intensification (SRI) method this year on his own land and will expand this idea and encourage farmers to adapt this modern technology that will reduce the input costs and doubles the productivity. As a result of his strong interest in agriculture, he started Prakriti Krishi (Agriculture) Farm where he rears goats, fish and grows mangoes.
Brijlal is also passionate about educating the marginalized youth populations (especially girls) by providing them with scholarships to attain higher education and building libraries in the government schools in rural villages. He is already running two libraries and supporting 10 students.
Brijlal aspires to advocate for a demand driven inclusive development. He seeks to represent the voice of the developing countries on the global stage and encourage the world to open up the markets of developed nations for produce coming from developing countries. He wants to advocate for an inclusive path for all who are marginalized and share the fruits of globalization.
In alignment with their program’s theme of Public Leadership for Culturally Diverse Societies, the 2016-17 Sauvé Fellows decided to collectively explore the complexities of refugee integration in Canada. To advance their learnings, they led a critical reading group, conducted site visits, and met with a wide range of relevant stakeholders, including refugees and parliamentarians. Their team project’s goal was to develop and pilot an approach to refugee integration in a holistic and practical way that delivered both impact and thought leadership while espousing core values of agency, inclusivity, fairness and cultural sensitivity.
In tackling the issue of refugee integration and implementing their team project, the Fellows wrote a policy brief (which they presented to several ministers while in Ottawa) and an op-ed, produced a short film on refugee experiences in Montreal as well as organized a series of public events exploring refugee integration in Canada.