RER Project Initiated Women Empowerment Program

Rural Enterprises and Remittances Project (RERP) “Samriddhi”, Kolhabi Municipality-Bara and Nepal Entrepreneurial Women Federation signed a tripartite agreement on March 12, 2021.

The program intends to implement Poor Woman Empowerment Program to help support project targeted economically poor & high-risk vulnerable households in linking project promoted supply chain and potential handicraft enterprises activities and increase their income, social status and overall livelihood. As stated in the agreement Kolhabi Municipality high-risk vulnerable women households get the chance to promote traditional handicraft related enterprises to generate self-employment and activities for economic development. This support program objective states to provide relevant skill, start-up fund, financial access, marketing including regular mentoring and counseling to the targeted families in the off farm based cluster approach that also includes households who have been left behind under the project promoted on farm supply chain programs at the local level.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) also clarifies Kolhabi Municipality will be responsible for the ownership of the program while promoting skills activities in support of Nepal Enterpreneurial Women Federation for the targeted group. The Federation has agreed to buy back the handicraft product.  RER Project in this regard will help facilitate the poor & high-risk vulnerable households for the B2B relation and start-up matching fund support.

For the common understanding between partner organizations, the RER Project on 24 March 2021 organized the Multi Stakeholder Platform (MSP) One Day Workshop program in Kolhabi Municipality. During the event, relevant stakeholders and representatives from municipality, wards, executive women members, highly vulnerable women, agriculture development bank ltd, cooperatives member and representatives from MEDPA Project including locals were presented. Mayor of Kolavi municipality Mr. Bharat Bdr Bhandari chaired the event.  Handicraft exporter and Chair of Nepal Enterpreneurial Women Federation Ms. Devika Budhathoki spoke on her personal entrepreneurial experience, explained terms and conditions for buyback. As discussed during the MSP program will be initiated soon once targeted families identified.