Pushpa Hamal, 41 from Dailekh is a Special Maintenance Group (SMG) member with Rural Access Programme (RAP). She has been the chairperson for the group for the last one year. She is also a member of the community mothers group (Aama Samuha), the women’s group (Mahila Samuha) and the agriculture Group (Krishi Samuha). And is the mother of three sons, Bhupendra, Laxman and Prakash Shahi. Her husband migrated to Saudi Arabia two and half years ago in search of work. In the last year, Pushpa has helped maintain and build a number retaining walls (dry stone as well as gabion walls) and stone soling works in critical sections of the road. Special Maintenance Group members like the one that Pushpa leads, are responsible for localised road repairs targeting access bottlenecks at critical sections and complimenting routine and recurrent activities.
Satyarupa Karki, 35, is a road building group member in Mugu, one of the remotest and most underdeveloped areas of Nepal. Since March 2014 she has worked on the construction of a 23km stretch of the local road network being built under the Rural Access Programme (RAP). Satyarupa’s work digging the track and carrying stones to the construction site will connect remote communities to essential services. And, for the first time, she is receiving a wage.
Ms Kaldhari Saud 54, a wife and mother of 54, lives in Bajura in the Mid and Far West of Nepal. She rears 2 cows, 1 calf, 2 oxenand 2 goats and earns an income from producing ginger and turmeric on a small plot of land and selling it in the local village and markets.She is an active member of the Pragatisil vegetable producer group.
Yuva Vayus like Nirmala Kumari Dhakal, a dairy farmer from Dailekh, are receiving training, coaching and technical support with the aim of empowering them to be champions of commercial farming and advocates of long term commercial agreements.
Thanks to Roshan’s guidance, Prem is now able to calculate the per unit cost of production and keeps track of the businesses income and expenditure.