Dhiraj K. Shah & Nivedita Bansal founded Shah Hemp Inno-Ventures (SHIV) in 2015 believing in the potential of Cannabis Sativa L. plant.
SHIV focuses on using the hemp plant to produce basic necessities for living like food, clothing, housing, body-care products, bio-fuels, etc which is being done in U.K, USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and China. These countries have to grow hemp to make all the products whereas in Nepal it grows wildly in abundance. For generations, people in the far east and west of Nepal have been using the plant's seed for making chutney (sauce) and oil (used for both cooking and moisturizing), fibre for making clothes and the stalks as firewood. Hence this plant is nothing new for Nepal.
SHIV started its operation with hempcrete construction. Hempcrete construction is an ancient technique but have regained popularity only recently. It is evolving as a sustainable and energy efficient of making houses which is also cost effective.
SHIV want to make Nepal and its people sustainable by developing and providing solutions for optimal utilization of locally available resources.