About Us

Shah Hemp Inno-Ventures is a social enterprise based in Nepal, is transforming wild-grown hemp into a catalyst for fair employment, economic growth, climate change mitigation, eco-friendly construction and sustainable hemp-based products.

Dhiraj K. Shah and Nivedita Bansal founded Shah Hemp Inno Ventures in 2015. Dhiraj is a wireless communications engineer and Nivedita is a psychologist & life coach.

Before co-founding SHIV, Dhiraj has worked as a researcher in Engineering labs in Germany and Portugal. Alongside he has also been researching on cannabis/hemp and its industrial uses since 2004. His belief in sustainable living and technical acumen is the vision behind SHIV. He oversees all product development and machine needs at SHIV and imbues every aspect of the company with innovation.

Nivedita has worked for NGOs and INGOs in India and Portugal before SHIV, along with her keen professional interest in human resource development, she has a personal mission of “helping people have better quality of life”. Co-founding SHIV with her husband gave her a way to reach out to more people every day.  She manages administration and human resources, and imbues every aspect of the company with social consciousness.

Together, they work with local stakeholders to create meaningful employment, hemp-based housing, and unique hemp craft products that support the development of their community.

“We treat our social and environmental impact as a primary measure of success for our business and prioritize it even in cases where it may not drive profitability."

Our Mission

Shah Hemp Inno-Ventures is on a mission to utilise the hemp plant as a catalyst for economic, environmental and social benefits across the local communities in Nepal that are influenced by our work. We seek to create a model of community investment through product development that can inspire positive global change.

Our Guiding Principles

Small Scale

Use of small man assisting machines to improve output & generate more employment rather than replacing humans with big industrial machines.

Lean Manufacturing

Manufacturing system to maximise productivity and minimize waste.


Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

Our Work Process

Work with the whole cannabis plant growing wild all over Nepal.
Processes designed for skill development of  our communities
Connecting the local and global communities together for sustainable solutions.
We process the whole plant into various products through a small-scale processing facility.
Complete Bamboo Framing with Hempcrete
Our facilities are built with bamboo and hemp.
Using local natural resources, hiring locals to develop sustainable products. It is certainly replicable!
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