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Dream • Dhurba's Sapana Village • Chitwan • NEPAL-8

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Dhurba was the last person you’d ever expect to reach for the stars.


"My parents are farmers. I never finished school.” He came from a poor village in the jungles of Nepal and worked as a waiter to tourists who came on safari. One day at the restaurant - he had a long chat - with a couple - visiting from the Netherlands. They asked him - an unusual question: "They asked me my dream and I was surprised a little bit.”


But with NO cash, to make his dream come true, Dhruba forgot about his dream and the Dutch tourists. "Then after 5 -6 months they send me the letter. The say we have money for you and please send us your back account. and I was surprised. I couldn’t believe it. I thought they were making a joke.”


With a backpack full of cash - Dhurba bought land from a rice farmer and starting building a hotel. A hotel he named Sapana Village. “Sapana means dream and I work for the dream."


Sapana Village looked nothing like other hotels in the jungle. He built his lodges to look like a traditional Tharu village. "Tharu are the original people and they should get something back from the tourism but nothing they get.”


So in addition to the typical tourist activities - elephants rides and safari trips - Dhurba asked Tharu families to show his guests their traditional ways of life. "And 50% of the profit go to the local community”.


Dhurba now puts his profits in local development projects.


For many of us, dreams are about “getting” something; they’re selfish....For Dhurba, dreaming means giving.


Find out more about Dhurba and the development projects his Sapana Village are spearheading at


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Taken on May 20, 2015