A) Entry Point Activities, B) Commodity Promotion, C) Rural Finance (Saving and Credit Cooperative Promotion Program, and D) Natural Resource Management (Community Forest)
15 VDCs and one Municipality of Dadeldhura District:in far western development region
(i) Illiterate Women (ii) Poor farmers
Major Activities of the Project
- Organization of literacy classes followed by business literacy classes exclusively for women
- Construction of grinding and expelling mills as a time saving measures for women
- Rehabilitation of existing and construction of new drinking water schemes,
- Organization of training and workshops on participatory gender analysis and environment awareness.
- Development of environmentally sustainable income generating agricultural activities such as high value cash crop production.
- Commodity promotions through organize groups and formation and strengthening of farmer’s cooperatives.
- Formation and federation of district level farmers associations (FAs) and other district chapter.
- Natural Resource Management and NTFP program
Progress and Achievement
1 Entry point activities
- 609 illiterate women have completed basic literacy classes.( later this activity transferred to CHI )
- 7 drinking water schemes, 4 community managed grinding and expelling mills established and 3 traditional stone mills ( ghatta ) improved as time saving schemes for women
2. Commodity Promotion
- 3,221 households involved in cash crops (fresh vegetables, vegetable seeds and citrus) production out of which 1,155 farmers producing vegetables in more than one ropani of land
- 59 micro irrigation schemes has been constructed.
- On an average 1,500 MT. of off-season vegetable and 1,500 MT of citrus fruit, 18 MT of seed produced and marketed annually. Mainly vegetable seed production has become a viable source of income.
- Household income increased by 25 % compared to the baseline income
- Farmer’s Association turnover of Rs 1,000,000, FA’s profit Rs 20,000 recorded.
- 32.5 % of the FA members and 31% of FA board members are women.
3. Rural Finance (Savings and Credit Cooperative Promotion Program)
- 4,703 households and 5,357 persons are members of SCO/SCCs.
- 4,316 households and 4,942 are members of registered SCOs.
- Average number of members per SCC reached 190.
- 45.% of total SCCs members are female (i.e.2,241/4,942*100) and 39% of total board members are women. (i.e 103/264*100)
- Average loan able fund per SCC reached to Rs. 23,0971 and 35% of total loan given to women (901/2488*100).
- 92% of the total capital mobilized and Loan recovery rate is over 95%.
- Rs. 3,094 is average profit per SCC
- 26 SCCs covering cost and generating profit, 24 SCCs have salaried accountant
- 7 SCCs have access of loan from external source of fund.
- 22 SCC are member of District Credit Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives.
4. Natural Resource Management (Community Forest)
- 44 CFUGs are legally registered and 2720 households are the members of the registered CFUGs.
- 50.89% of members are women in FUG board.
- 17 of existing CFUGs with revised operational plan which benefited 1435.
- 31 CFUGs are generating more than Rs.3000 income annually.