On 23 September 2019, Aloi’s co-founder and CTO Sonika Manandhar spoke about Climate Action at the SDGLive zone on the sidelines of UNGA.
SDG Advocate Dia Mirza and Young Champion of the Earth 2019 Sonika Manandhar had a brief conversation with Covestro regarding an idea of creating an influencer-icon that is climate-focused is a great way to make people follow things that helps the environment. She says just like a fashion icon we also can have a climate icon being a thing around the world.
Aloi would like to congratulate our co-founder and CTO, Sonika Manandhar for being awarded the United Nations Environment Programme, Young Champions of the Earth award. She was one of the 7 award winners who presented her Green Energy Mobility platform (GEM) which aims to make electric public transportation a quality alternative to private vehicles to combat climate change. As Safa tempos, or electric minibuses, are ubiquitous in Kathmandu and well-known for being women-owned, GEM’s vision is to help women own and upgrade their electric vehicles through low-interest impact financing.
On January 15 2020, our co-founder and CTO Sonika Manandhar spoke at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi in the panel discussion: “Millenials Do it Differently: Young Environmental Leaders and Their Vision for Tomorrow”. Along with the other two of the United Nations Environment Program’s “Young Champions of the earth” in the panel discussions she discussed how she co-founded and run an enterprise like Aloi.
On November 28, 2019, Aloi’s co-founder Sonika Manandhar spoke at the side event during the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25. She spoke about about how our company Aloi is helping the champion women to fight for climate action which was also one of the targets of the Beijing+25 Conference.
Our BijuliPower campaign was successfully launched at the third iteration of OWN IT conference of Woman Lead Nepal on February 29, 2020. Through our transportation partnership with the conference, we had a great kick start to BijuliPower which provides private hire services for events like this. As OWN It conference is there to fill the gaps between the female leaders and the aspiring young women leaders, there wouldn’t have been any better summit than this for us because we believe in uplifting women leaders and microentrepreneurs like our Safa Tempo women drivers.
We were overwhelmed by the participation of more than 200 young leaders from different fields. The participants included our well-known female leaders like Miss Nepal 2002 and entrepreneur, Malvika Subba. As our campaign focuses on promoting clean and green transportation services she quoted:
“if you use the electric-powered vehicle like Safa Tempo, you will be supporting a clean green environment”
Likewise, the executive director of Woman Lead Nepal Hima Bista, herself encouraged our campaign by saying BijuliPower sets an example through the change we’re trying to bring from the grass-root level by empowering women drivers and advocating a clean green environment. Kudos to the team of Woman Lead Nepal on conducting an impactful event like OWN IT conference, we were honoured to be a part of it.
Last month the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published an article ‘Climate leadership for inspiration on Women’s Day and every day’. The article included six women with extraordinary climate leadership qualities: Greta Thunberg, Christiana Figueres, Anne Hidalgo, Carolina Schmidt, Kibarisho Leintoi, and our co-founder and CTO, Sonika Manandhar.
When asked why others should consider green entrepreneurship her answer is simple: “Because that’s the future. That’s where the money will be in the future. The impact investment sector is valued at US$502 billion, and there’s the huge problem of climate change facing us—as well as a lucrative opportunity to solve it.”– Sonika Manandhar, Cofounder and CTO of Aloi Private Limited