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Ginger farmers in Doti renew loans
by: ruth      on: 25 Jul, 2018

CONNECT and our partner Organic Mountain Flavor Private Limited (OMF) are once again working with Prabhu Bank Limited (PBL) to offer small loans to ginger farmers in Surkhet, Kailali and Sahajpur, Doti.

CONNECT’s intervention, linking OMF, PBL and Shikhar Insurance with hundreds of farmers is strengthening OMF's supply chain, increasing financial inclusion and offering pathways to sustainable incomes.

Last year, 163 ginger farmers in received loans totalling NPR 4,390,000.

Learn more about how small loans and long term contracts help farmers increase their incomes.


Farmers invest in construction of 90 poly houses and 7 irrigation ponds
by: ruth      on: 09 Jul, 2018

140 farmers in PACC's supply chain have invested in the construction of irrigation ponds and poly houses that will increase their production and enable them to focus on production of high value, off-season vegetables.

Ifad funded High Value Agriculture Project (HVAP) have supplied 7 irrigation ponds and 90 poly houses with CONNECT providing technical assistance and farmers contributing NPR 250,000, NPR 270,000 and NPR 396,000 to construct irrigation ponds, polyhouses and to install drip irrigation respectively.

Hamri Didis start selling Coca-Cola products
by: RAP 3      on: 09 Jul, 2018

Bottlers Nepal Limited (BNL) (authorised bottler of the Coca-Cola Company) is collaborating with RAP3 CONNECT and Unilever Nepal Limited (UNL) to sell their products through our network of 400 + Hamri Didis; Hamri Didis have have placed orders for BNL stock and last week they received their first deliveries of Coca-Cola products. 

The Hamri Didis ('our sisters'), initially selected by CONNECT, and trained and appointed by UNL as rural sales agents now have access to multiple income sources and UNL and BNL can reach their products and services to last mile markets.

During the recent training event for all Hamri Didis Rajnish Sharma, the Country Commercial Manager of Bottlers Nepal said, ‘We continue with our aim of providing hope and support to the female retailers in Nepal, that their businesses can be profitable, no matter the size. I am extremely pleased about our collaboration with IMC Worldwide, through which we have been able to support in building capability of 400 women from the ‘Hamri Didi” network, who’s selling and merchandising skills have been enhanced to sell multiple products including ours. We are looking forward to being a part of the journey these independent women entrepreneurs are courageously commencing.’

In addition to adding the Hamri Didis to their distribution network, BNL has provided Hamri Didis with 5by20 training; 5by20 is The Coca-Cola Company's global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the company's value chain by 2020.

21 dairy farmers in Dailekh complete 45-day AVHW training
by: ruth      on: 02 Jul, 2018

CONNECT's partner Belpata Dairy Cooperative (BDC) has invested to upskill farmers in their supply chain; on 2 July 21 Yuva Vayus in Dailkeh completed 45-day Village Animal Health worker training. At the end of the last day of training the best performer was given an award in the presence of BDC Chairperson Mr. Dambar Bahadur Khatri and Chair of Rural Municipality Mr. Lok Bahadur Dangi.

YVs are expected to share their new knowledge and skills with other farmers in the MBCs, playing a critical role in increasing quality and quantity of milk production and hope to earn income from provision of veterinary services at the farm gate.