भान्सालाई धुवाँमुक्त बनाउने अभियानमा नीरू

काठमाडौं–सिन्धुली कमलामाई नगरपालिका–४ की ४८ वर्षीया नीरू श्रेष्ठ भान्साको धुवाँबाट मुक्त बनाउने अभियानमा लागेकी छिन्। सरकारले ‘हरेक घरधुरीमा स्वच्छ ऊर्जाको प्रयोग’ अभियान अन्तर्गत सन् २०१७ भित्रमा देशैभर धुवाँमुक्त चुल्होको निर्माण गर्ने लक्ष्य राखेको थियो। तर,सरकारी लक्ष्य पुरा हुन सकेन। यो अभियानले धेरै गृहणीहरूले आफ्नो घर धुवाँमुक्त हुने आशा गरेका थिए। सरकारी तवरबाट अभियान सेलाए पनि श्रेष्ठको अभियान भने सेलाएको छैन। उनी अहिले प्रत्येक वडा, गाउँपालिका तथा नगरपालिकाका गृहणीको स्वास्थ्य र घरलाई धुवाँबाट छुट्कारा दिलाउने अभियानमा लागेकी छन्। ‘धुवाँको मुस्लोमा खाना पकाउनु त्यसमाथि घरभित्रका लुगाफाटा पनि धुवाँले कालो हुने समस्याबाट अहिले छुट्कारा मिलेको छ,’ उनले भनिन्, ‘अहिले धेरै दाउरा लाग्ने, आँखा चिलाउने जस्ता स्वास्थ्य समस्या पनि झेल्नु परेको छैन।’ परम्परागत चुलो प्रयोग गर्दा धुवाँले आँखा पोल्ने र टाउको दुख्ने समस्या झेल्दै आएकी उनलाई भान्साकोठा धुवाँले गर्दा कालो हुनुका साथै चुलो चाँडै फोहोर हुनाले चुलो पोत्नका लागि पनि उत्तिकै समय दिनुपर्दथ्यो। अहिले सुधारिएको चुलो प्रयोग गर्ने था…

A Local organisation Internalizes promotion of women entrepreneurs

Shree Bhumlu Salle Samaj Kalyan Samiti has mobilized its own resources not only to impart skill training on tailoring to four local women but also to provide three units of sewing machines. This 24 years old organisation is located in a remote Bhumlu Salle village of Kavrepalanchowk district in central Nepal serving 510 households in the area. It is a small community rural electrification entity (CREE) affiliated with National Association of Community Rural Electricity Users Nepal (NACEUN) and manages operation of grid electricity in the local areas.
The CREE has taken initiative to promote women entrepreneurs after its partnership with WEE-Nepal Project from 2014. WEE-Nepal Project sensitized the executives of the CREE regarding need for promotion of enterprises for benefit of financial health of the CREE itself as its revenue would increase through increased sales of electricity. The Project assisted the CREE to conceive a three-year business plan under which the CREE has committed …

Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship: A Case Study of Women Entrepreneur from Katari, Udayapur

The Situation:
Nepal has made great strides towards gender equality in recent years however it still lacks the opportunities for economic empowerment of women. As Nepal remains a patriarchal society, women’s accesses to economic resources are severely limited. Most of women are involved in unpaid unproductive family labor force. Women in Nepal are responsible for cooking, fetching fuel and water for household purposes. Further, continued dependence on traditional biomass has adverse effects on women’s health. 63% populations lives in rural areas (CBS2011) and are dependent on kerosene and bio-fuel. The economic empowerment of women is a vital element of strong economic growth in any country given the fact that they constitute 50 percent of the economically potential population. Involvement of women in entrepreneurial activities would ensure effective utilization of labor, generation of income, leading to improvement in quality of life and economy of the country. Women empowerment thro…

User Experience with Mud- ICS, from Udayapurgadhi Rural Municipality

The Situation: Udayapurgadhi Rural Municipality of Eastern Nepal lies in Udayapur District one of the 14 districtsofProvince No. 1 ineasternNepal. According to the census of 2011 it has total of 317,532 populations of which Chhetri, Rai, Magar are principal ethnic groups of Udayapur. In 2011, its literacy rate was 69 percent and female percentage was 53 percent. According to 2011 census of Nepal, the total population of this municipality was 30,731. Remote geography, diverse settlement, lack of access to education, health services, roads, drinking water, communication, poverty and unemployment are major problems of this rural municipality. Even to date, there is no grid electricity; hence the community depends on solar electricity. This Rural Municipality has prioritized access to clean energy and grid electricity in 2018/19. The objectives of the plan are to: ·Provide access to electricity ·Lighten the streets and roads in the municipality using solar ·Develop the municipality through…

Improving Livelihoods through Improved Cookstoves: Majhi Tole, Udaypur

Majhi Tole (English translation: Majhi = Fisherman; Tole = Hamlet) is a small village located in Katari Municipality, Ward no. 4 of Udayapur district. It is a poor community, members of which practice fishing as a seasonal occupation. The village, with a heterogeneous population of diverse ethnic backgrounds, consists of 58 households. This village is representative of economically marginalized groups of Nepal, which lack access to clean cooking solutions. This case presents itself as an example of a successful collaboration between the community, government and non-governmental entities to ensure access of poor households to improved cooking solutions. As of September 2016, all families in the village have fixed-type Rocket Stoves (see picture) installed in their kitchens. These units have been installed by women stove entrepreneurs trained within the WEE-Nepal Project.

This case study is based on the interactions of the Advocacy Team with community members of Majhi Tole in September…

DEDICATED TO EMPOWERING WOMEN: Meena Kumari Khadka Samudayeek Balbikash Tatha Mahila Jagaran, Katari

Womenare undoubtedly the backbone of any society, delivering to multiple roles every single day. Yet, their multifaceted role within their households and in the society remains invisible and largely underappreciated in many parts of the world. This, in turn, has led to different forms of inequality, injustice and oppression against women, often rendering them financially dependent and vulnerable to a number of social evils. For centuries now, women have been enduring social and cultural pressures that limit their professional and personal development.
Despite these social norms and restrictions, exemplary are the women who have dared to rise above lopsided traditionalisms, acquired recognition in a patriarchal society and endeavoured to achieve the same for others. This is a story of one such woman, Meena Kumari Khadga from Katari Municipality-Ward 7 of Udayapur District. She manages an NGO called Community Children Development and Women Awareness Centre. The NGO operates as a local Co…

Story Telling: Students' increased Awareness and Motivation

“Energy: Empowering Women Uplifting Lives” (Advocacy)
Manikhel, Lalitpur
30 June, 2017