KATHMANDU, Nepal 

Like any other morning, 24-year-old Sushma* climbed the stairs of a two-story building to a restaurant overlooking a bustling Kathmandu street. She tapped to a biometric attendance device and began an eight-hour shift.

Sushma started taking orders from diners comprising of college students and employees of banks and government offices. She is one of 25 employees of Maiti Cafe.

The first-floor cafe is among a growing number of enterprises established by nonprofit groups, which have sought to reduce their dependence on donor funding.

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