Women's Empowerment through Community-Based Sustainable Livelihood Enhancement Project (WEP-III)

Women's Empowerment through Community-Based Sustainable Livelihood Enhancement Project (WEP-III)

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  



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.


  • 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.

About RRN

Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN) is a Nepali non-government, not for profit, social development organisation, initially set up as a small organisation in 1989

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