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Rural energy lights up 239 households of a remote village

September 2008; The 24 kilowatt micro-hydro project supported by the UNDP Rural Energy Development Programme has brought electricity to 239 households of remote Dandagaun village benefitting a total of 1534 people. Tamangs and Magars (indigenous peoples) make up the majority of the population in thi more


Rural energy made the village like heaven

November 2005; Bhoksing Village Development Committee is one of the most remote and backward villages of Parvat district but with the generation of electricity, the village has been one of the exemplary villages of Nepal. All the 227 households of the village are illuminated by electricity. The vil more


Saving more lives with small investments

August 2008; Sabitri Mahato and Tanka Narayan Chaudhary of the predominantly Tharu community of Divyanagar - 4 in Chitwan district, have a lot to smile about these days. Ever since UNDP's Community Based Disaster Management Project (CBDMP) provided their village, a grant of Rs. 250,000 (US$ 3,660) t more


Small additional investment in time and money can save a lot of grief

July 2008; Eighty elementary school children in Shramik Madhyamik Vidyalaya of Hetauda Municipality feel more secure and less worried about earthquake when they are in school these days. This is because their classrooms are in an earthquake resistant school building recently constructed with the sup more


Smoke hood metal stove in highlands- a success !

June 2010; Pema Tamanag from Saramthali village in Rasuwa district is very happy with the smoke hood stove in her house. She says, 'the smoke hood is ideal in our cool highland area where we need a lot of firewood to keep our rooms warm. Generally one head load of firewood (approx. 30 kg) lasts only more


Solar Tukis' Displacement of kerosene lamps

January 2009; The UNDP/Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) Nepal has supported the Centre for Renewable Energy (CRE), an NGO to initiate a project on 'Displacement of kerosene lamp by low cost white light emitting diode (WLED) based photo voltaic lighting System'' better kno more


Solar tukis benefit 3000 deprived people

The installation of 525 solar tukis (lamps) in 12 Village Development Committees of Rautahat, Sarlahi and Mahottari districts has changed the lives of 3000 deprived family members belonging to Mushahar and other marginalized communities. The new solar energy has saved money to buy kerosene and provi more

Stitching cloths - An income opportunity in Salija village in Parbat

November 2005; Dhan Shree Sherpaja and Jhalmaya Purja are two friends who were involved in household chores in Salija Village Development Committee in Parbat district prior to them being incorporated into the Micro Enterprise Development Program in the district in 1998. They were part of MEDEP's tar more


Successful bee keeping enterprise of a young entrepreneur

September 2008; Ganesh Bahadur Bista (33) owns 55 bee hives and sells honey in city markets as far and wide as Dhangadi, Mahendranagar, Nepalgunj, Pokhara and Kathmandu. "In 2007, I produced 23 quintals of honey; and sold them at an average rate of Rs. 200 per kg. This translates into a net pr more


Successful entrepreneur Savitri Devi Chaudhary

Within a span of three years, Savitri Devi Chaudhary holds important positions in the small business sector— she is an active member of various associations, social networks and a role model for her village. She leads and represents the women entrepreneurs of Sunsari district as the Executive Member more