dZi works with rural communities in Nepal to achieve prosperity by eliminating barriers to basic needs, fostering opportunities for sustainable livelihoods, and building their capacity to catalyze transformational change.

Learn more about dZi's community-centered approach:

What we do

dZi Foundation (pronounced ‘zee’) works with isolated subsistence farming communities to build lasting prosperity in Nepal.

dZi partners with communities for three multi-year stages to support complementary health, education, and livelihoods programs that unlock local opportunity, build more unified communities, and create lasting solutions to complex local challenges. dZi provides communities with the skills and resources needed to design and implement these community-led projects.

Our Impact at a Glance




Farmers are earning an average of $141 USD in additional income each year

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Students are now studying in 61 earthquake-safe schools

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Community members now have access to safe drinking water

Gururaj Rai

Meet Gururaj Rai

“We are one of the most remote villages in the region,” says 41-year-old Gururaj Rai. He says he values partnership from dZi so his community can build a brighter future—from learning how to grow cash crops such as ginger, garlic, turmeric, and kiwis to building new taps for safe drinking water, to constructing new earthquake-safe schools to improve education.

This father of three appreciates the chance to create more opportunities for his family, and his village.