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Nepalese entrepreneurs turn trash into treasure

Found objects get new lease on life, draw attention to growing waste problem

Nitesh Sharma, co-founder of Dhaasoo, at his office that doubles as a workshop in Kathmandu. (Photo by Deepak Adhikari)

KATHMANDU -- Like many creative business ideas, it emerged over a bottle of beer.

One summer evening in 2015, Nitesh Sharma was discussing business ideas with his father and uncle at a family gathering in Kathmandu. Staring at the bottle of beer, Sharma wondered if he could turn it into a useful -- artistic even -- item instead of passing it on to the kawadiwalas, people who go door-to-door to collect waste materials such as bottles, newspapers, magazines and books.

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