I am Dhurba Giri. I was born on May 17, 1977.
I am Managing director of Sapana village that borders the Chitwan National Park – homeland of indigenous Tharu people and enormous wild animals.
Chitwan has been a touristy area of many years and I have been working in the tourism industry since I was a teenager.
At the age of 12, I started working as a waiter at a restaurant in Sauraha.
I was a student while working but left the school to give more time for tourism as well as social works to help the poor people.
One day, I met Judit and Herman from Holland, whom I shared my dream with. I was delighted to get encouragement from them as they helped me to initiate my small business helping me financially as they knew that I wanted to start my own business one day.
Then with my own concept, I ran Hotel Riverside for a few years before I started Sapana Village since 2005. It has always been my dream to make life better for the people in my community and I believe that when you have a dream, it can come true. Sapana means dream in Nepali and by founding Sapana Village and sharing the profit with my community I made my dream come true. So as it was my dream (Sapana) to start my business, I gave the name of my business (Hotel) as Sapana Village – an Umbrella Organization that is now supporting many projects.
At present, we run many community projects through our own organization – Sapana Village Social Impact (SVSI). We are working very hard to build a Sapana school, where we can make our dream of giving children of the Chitwan region a good education come true.
I have many more dreams for the future, like building a medical post and a society house for elderly people, and am confident that we can fulfil those dreams in the future. I hope to inspire people, both locally and internationally help make these dreams come true.
If you are curious and interested in my story, you are more than welcome to have a chat with me!