Community Organizing to overcome Poverty in Nepal

by Tamakoshi Service Society (TSS)


Marginalized rural families overcome poverty by organizing into groups to undertake savings and credit, intensive gardening, tree-growing, animal health and income generation activities.

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Ramechhap is one of most deprived and inaccessible districts in the Himalayan region of eastern Nepal. Poverty, food insecurity, declining soil fertility, scarcity of fuel wood animal fodder, indebtedness, lack of health care and drinking water, and illiteracy are key problems. Within remote mountain villages, this program targets socially marginalized groups within the caste system, and also women. These people lack skills, knowledge and organization to become more self-reliant.


Form savings & credit groups, pool resources to construct drinking water systems, set up literacy centers, promote fast growing trees and grasses to provide fuel wood & animal fodder, improve vegetable production & improve soil fertility with compost

Long-Term Impact

Project goals are to promote self-reliant groups, reduce dependence of exploitative money lenders, improve food security, and increase revenue from crop and animal production.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Background on Nepal
Overview of Ramechhaap Program
Approach to Agriculture and Food Security
Approach to Community Strengthening

Organization Information

Tamakoshi Service Society (TSS)

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal - Nepal

Funded Project!

Thanks to 2 donors like you, a total of $400 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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