The livelihoods of women in Nala and Khawa of Kavrepalanchok district are dependent on rain-fed agriculture. Their houses were destroyed by the earthquake and now they have no place to store their grains and crop harvests. The project will provide storage facilities at the recently built community centre and give them food processing and managerial trainings which will help them create a community owned enterprise for a sustainable livelihood.
The livelihoods of women in Nala and Khawa of Kavrepalanchok district depended on rainfed agriculture. Their houses were destroyed by the earthquake and now they have no place to store grains and crop harvests. Their hard work does not yield much return as they are exploited by intermediaries who do not give good price for their farm products. Most of the men in these communities have migrated looking for jobs, and the women and are taking the responsibility of managing the family.
This project will provide skill-based trainings such as post-harvest training, food processing training to the women. It will also support them with necessary technology and equipment so that they can establish a community owned food processing enterprise, linked to the existing market and value chain. After this they will be able to utilize free time in the community enterprise to make the products using local resources and sell it to the market which will give them regular income.
The women from the communities will have established a community owned enterprise utilizing their agro-based products. This will add economic value to their traditional farming practices and will strengthen their livelihoods contributing towards reconstruction of their homes. In the long term, the women will also involve themselves in the off-farm activities which will make the community more resilient.