Namlo Receives Grant for Women’s Project

Namlo will be receiving $12,000 in funding from the Three Graces Foundation for a project we’ve planned in support of the Women’s cooperative in Dhuskun, Nepal.  As a continuation of the project that started with the construction of the community center in Dhuskun, we will be building economic development activities that will involve the 30+ members of the Women’s Cooperative as well as other members of the Dhuskun community. This project includes a variety of economic development activities including a) the establishment of a livestock center and veterinary services to promote the raising of goats to benefit 35 households; b) establishing greenhouse cultivation of tomatoes as a pilot project for 8 households to evaluate the potential for widespread adoption in the Dhuskun.

Learning about greenhouse horticultural production

Learning about greenhouse horticultural production

Background

Namlo first worked with the Dhuskun community to help construct an elementary and middle school for 450 students, which later expanded to included high school.  Namlo also provided adult literacy training to a group of 32 women, and later organized them into a formally registered women’s cooperative, which has been involved in small-scale income-generation focused on ginger farming, coffee production, and horticultural production. In 2013 and this year, Namlo helped secure funding for the construction of a two-story business center, which provides rooms for training, office space, and functions as a “business incubator” for the women’s group in particular and for the community in general.

The Women’s Business Center

Dhuskun women building their business center earlier this year

Dhuskun women building their business center earlier this year

Work with the Dhuskun Women’s Cooperative (formally named the Shree Chhema Devi Women’s Income-Generation Cooperative), is very much part of Namlo’s approach to women’s economic empowerment and leadership development.  The project ideas contained herein are an expression of the women’s interest in economic development, and is part of the partnership Namlo has with the group to seek to build strong, resilient communities.

Long and short-term goals

Economic Development:  Agricultural and Livestock Projects for Dhuskun  – Nepal

Goal: To empower and generate income for rural women, young people and others via in the areas of business development, agriculture and other market-oriented activities.  Short-term goals are to establish two micro-enterprises focused on agricultural activities (livestock and horticulture) with a long-term goal of achieving economic sustainability for each activity over a five-year period.   

SUMMARY OF NAMLO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN DHUSKUN

Economic Development & Sustainability Programs in Dhuskun

Number of Beneficiaries

Estimated Impact

Livestock Program

35 households (175 people)

30% increase ($210 to $410)  in household income, veterinary resources in Dhuskun established, four young people trained in veterinary services and  become self-employed.  $87,500 gross revenue generated by the fifth year.

Greenhouse Project

8 households (40 people)

40-50% increase in household incomes.   Pilot project will enable Namlo to understand potential for increasing dissemination on a broader scale.

Total beneficiaries

43households (215 people)

Objective 1: To train 35 women and young adults in small-scale livestock farming, generating a 45% increase in their household incomes after 2 years. This will also entail training four young adults (2 male and 2 female) to learn to operate as Rural Veterinary Workers, enabling them to effectively run the Livestock Program at village on a fee-for-service basis. 

Objective 2:  To expand and increase horticultural and tomato production through the introduction of a greenhouse pilot project, targeting eight women of the Women’s Cooperative.  It is anticipated that the greenhouse will product 1,180 kg of tomatoes and a gross income of 37,800 Nepali rupees.  The pilot project will be reviewed to gauge the potential for expansion and bringing to scale in 2015.

a. Livestock Program – ($22,436 for 18 months)

The general objective of this program is to increase incomes by promoting the raising of goats, to be supported by veterinary services provided by four trained veterinary paraprofessionals.  Project funds will cover the training of the 35 women in current livestock rearing practices. The project will include the construction of dipping tanks, improved goat pens, establishing a veterinary service center, training of four vet para-professionals, tagging and castrating machines, seed for establishing grasses to prevent denuding the environment, vaccines and the goats themselves.

b. Greenhouse Pilot Project – ($278 for one year)

Tomatoes are one of the major commercial vegetable crops in Nepal. Though tomato is best suited to the plain, in low and mid-hills, it is becoming attractive for cash generation in the high hills also. Working with eight women of the cooperative, Namlo is supporting to the group to produce a 15 ft x 60 ft plastic demonstration greenhouse. After one year of production, Namlo and the community will evaluate the project and its profitability to understand the potential for expanding the dissemination of this approach.

Measuring the success of this project.

Namlo Coordinator Dipendra Joshi with Dhuskun Women's Cooperative

Namlo Coordinator Dipendra Joshi with Dhuskun Women’s Cooperative

As mentioned above, since this program oriented towards economic development and sustainability, specific targets have been drafted for each project that include the number of participants, gender analysis, the training inputs, as well as the expected changes in level of production, gross and net revenues generated and household income.  In 2014, Namlo initiated a monthly reporting system that quantifies progress on all indicators associated with the project.  Funds requested for these projects cover the initial investment in establishing the activities as self-sustaining businesses in five years.