Geographic coverage Jhule, Hawa and Mirge VDCs of Dolakha District
Project duration July 2016 to December 2018
Budget EUR 103,200
Funding partner/s  Hilfswerk der KatholischenJungshar (DKA), Austria
Target groups Marginalised, Dalit, Janajati and earthquake affected women  

 

Introduction

Women Empowerment Project (WEP III) is a complementary project of WEP II. After the completion of WEP II, WEP III was designed as the next phase in response to the post-earthquake needs of marginalised, Janajati and earthquake affected women. WEP III is focusing on the empowerment of rural women by strengthening women's self-help groups (SHGs) as well as by providing training in improved cultivation practices, high-value crops, cattle rearing and management skills.

Objectives

  • To empower the women farmers socially and economically especially addressing the situation after the earthquake,
  • To enhance the livelihood of the poor, marginalised women farmers and help them in their moral rejuvenation, and
  • To strengthen village resource centre (VRC) as the source of material and services for the livelihood promotion of rural women.

Expected results

  • Institutionalisation of women’s/smallholders groups and cooperatives, enhanced awareness on right based development issues for active participation in decision making and running agro-enterprises and agro-business.
  • Increased incomes of rural women/smallholders by diversifying crops and increasing agricultural production and livestock raising (goat and pig).
  • Strengthen VDC level Resource Centre (VRC) for community-level planning, locally accessible inputs, approaches and technologies in the promotion of small-scale agri-business and agro-enterprises including improved livestock raising.

Key achievements (As of December 2016)

  • More than 80% of women residing in project VDCs are now organised in SHGs and members of local cooperatives and actively participating in various economic and social activities.
  • 35 SHGs are registered in District Agriculture Development Office.
  • Women in project area are actively participating in decision-making process in the planning and development at local level,
  • Hundreds of project beneficiaries are practicing farming for the businesses by setting up different agro-enterprises which has resulted in diversified crop and food productions and increased incomes.
  • More than 50 nurseries of cardamom in Jhule VDC produce worth Rs. 5 million of cardamom each year. Commercial and organic vegetable farming, improved goat raising and goat shed have been good examples for others to learn.