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CONNECT’s partnership with Unilever is reaching more women
by: RAP 3      on: 27th Mar, 2017

CONNECT is expanding it's partnership with Unilever Nepal Limited, and together we have selected and appointed 26 Hamri Didis in Dadeldhura.  This takes the total number of CONNECT Hamri Didis appointed to date to 122 across 6 Districts. 94 of them have started trading and have invested NPR 1,591,266.  Read more about our Hamri Didis.

DFID Nepal team meet Future Entrepreneurs in Dhangadhi
by: ruth      on: 27th Mar, 2017

A cross office team from DFID Nepal are in the Far West this week to meet organisations and individuals working with CONNECT, particularly women involved in CONNECT’s downstream supply chains, female staff working for CONNECT’s Business Partners and women appointed as CONNECT Unilever Nepal direct to door sales agents. 

The team’s first stop was the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) for the formal exchange of the Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of CONNECT’s first Future Entrepreneurs Club and to meet student members of the club. 

 

Yuva Vayus in Achham complete level one training
by: ruth      on: 25th Mar, 2017

Mr Rudra Kunwar, CONNECT business partner and owner of Shree Kunwar Kirana General Store (SKKGS) met with Yuva Vayus representing the micro business clusters in his down-stream supply chain earlier this week. Following completion of level one training each Yuva Vayu was awarded a RAP 3 cap by Mr Kunwar.

The training session focused on a case study aimed at promoting an understanding of price setting and cost of production - a crucial first step in commercial knowledge building as they become leaders within their communities. Being equipped with an understanding of how markets function is key for them to successfully deliver their role as 'promoters' of active participation of their communities in Mr. Kunwar's supply chain.

This intervention will, by creating a collective identity, give hundreds of young women an opportunity to build confidence and voice within the communities they live in.

MHLR - An update & interaction programme
by: RAP 3      on: 24th Mar, 2017

On the day of 23rd March 2017, a meeting was organised in DCC, Mugu to provide the general update and perceive the view of stakeholders regarding the Mugu-Humla Link Road (MHLR). The meeting was held at DCC hall in presence of MHLR Team Leader, Kirsteen Merrilees, Deputy Programme Manager of RAP 3, Dilli Prasad Sitaula, Deputy Team leader of MHLR,  Ram Prasad Thapaliya, Social Development Specialist, Shankar Pokharel, LDO, DTO, DTA Mugu team, representative of political parties & civil societies and local people.

During the interaction meeting, MHLR Team Leader, Kirsteen Merrilees provided an update about the link road. She informed about approval of EIA by GoN, survey and design completion of about 39km (Mugu section) up to Chankheli pass, and the technical team will soon conduct the survey for remaining Humla section. The visiting team also discussed about the fund matching with GoN for MHLR and ongoing development works on this section by DoR and DCC. All stakeholders were very supportive to the connection road and they requested if the construction work begins as soon as possible.

Scorpio jeep arrives in Achham
by: RAP 3      on: 22nd Mar, 2017

DCC Achham has received a Scorpio jeep in the district in early March 2017. The vehicle (BA 2 JHA 1184) was provided through DoLIDAR for district with RAP 3 support about two years ago, but it remained in Kathmandu. LDO Toy Narayan Subedi had shared with line-ministry and respective department about significance of RAP 3 vehicle during RAP 3 annual review in January 2017. He had also mentioned that it would help DCC’s capacity in routine field monitoring and supervision of various projects and programmes implemented by different INGOs and donor agencies in the district. With his continued coordination with centre, DCC Achham finally managed to get the vehicle. DCC Achham organised a “Vehicle arrival ceremony and puja” in the DCC premise. LDO Toy Narayan Subedi expressed his happiness  and heartedly thanked the RAP 3 management.

Raskot municipality in operation in RAP 3 working area
by: RAP 3      on: 17th Mar, 2017

During the formation of 744 local bodies by the Government of Nepal, three municipalities have been declared in Kalikot. Raskot municipality is formed by merging three RAP 3 major working VDCs, Syuna, Phukot and Shipkhana. The municipality was inaugurated on 16th March 2017 under the chairmanship of municipality executive officer Dilendra Majhi. The programme was participated by members from civil society, intellectual persons and representative of local political parties.  The speakers expressed warm regards to RAP 3 for constructing 18km road in this area. The municipality has started its operation by establishing an office for municipality executive at RCP Bazar, Syuna .

The Men of RAP3 Kalikot
by: RAP 3      on: 17th Mar, 2017

 

Following International Women’s Day, a purposeful photograph of the Kalikot RAPPERS who will complete the first RAP3 road later this year.

From right to left.

Work progress in road improvement project
by: RAP 3      on: 17th Mar, 2017

On 16th March 2017, DTA Jhapa team conducted field visit to Dudhe-Shivagunj road mprovement project. Contractor has completed 1.5km of embankment filling works from 8+100 to 9+600. DTA also conducted meeting with contractor, where issues regarding progress and lapses incurred in the project was discussed. Contractor was made aware of starting of pre-monsoon period as mentioned by Department of Meteorology, to expedite the progress. Further, contractor has also managed to control dust at the site by spraying water on daily basis by two water bowsers (20,000 liters and 4,000 liters capacity).

Women entrepreneur in Dailekh
by: RAP 3      on: 16th Mar, 2017

RAP3 CONNECT, a component of UK aid funded Rural Access Programme 3, has initiated women entrepreneurship in Dailekh district through one of the project component name ‘Hamri Didi’ in collaboration with Unilever Nepal Ltd in order to empower underprivileged women in communities by providing graduation training of business development and benefits of products. UNL manufactures detergents, soaps, and other cosmetic products that deeply believes roots in local culture and market around the world.

The main aim to initiate women entrepreneurship is to develop vibrant network of women entrepreneurs in Dailekh and create sustainable income generating opportunities.

To accomplish the objective of project, 29 Hamri Didi of Dailekh have been activated the component till date. They have started to sell Unilever’s product with seed money starting from five thousand to sixteen thousand individually. Up to now within a period of one month of starting their business they have achieved a sale volume of amount one lakhs forty-one thousand six hundred and forty-eight rupees participating with high enthusiasm in the campaign. Consumers may also get benefit from the business package since if one buys same product from market he has to pay more amount than MRP and also the products are delivered door to door by Hamri Didi. Hence it is increasing its popularity and demand in the locality at Dailekh day by day. As a result ‘Hamri Didi’ who are selected from poor and unprivileged rural society have self-employed and generated the income for their better livelihood.

Track open on Karnali Corridor Highway Khulalu (Kalikot) – Hilsa (Humla) road
by: RAP 3      on: 16th Mar, 2017

On 12th March 2017, three Bolero Jeep arrived up to 22km at Phugaad village from Jitegaad bazaar near Surkhet - Jumla highway for inspection and monitoring of work progress. The Karnali Corridor covers 44km in Kalikot section. The monitoring team was consisted of f CDO Giridhari Subedi, LDO Pardip Raj Adhikari, DSP Yogendra Kumar Khadka, Chairperson of Rara Karnali Yatayat, Hasta Bahadur Bam and 14 local members. The government had assigned the responsibility of opening track of the Karnali Corridor Highway to the Nepal Army in April 2015 after 16 years of its inauguration. 6 Bolero Jeep are providinng service to local people up to 15km (Jitebazar to Sanigaad) from November 2016, which is the zero point of Sanigaad-Syuna-Shipkhana District Road (SSDR) of RAP 3. Now RAP 3 second road (JRDR) will also be reached at either bank of Karnali river in the end of this fiscal year. The starting point of JRDR, Jarkot is at 28km from Khulalu of Karnali corridor. It will be easier to monitor JRDR after walking an hour to reach its starting point.