Overcoming Poverty in Nepal

Nepal: ADRA Combats Poverty Through Agro-based Training Program

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is fighting against the effects of poverty in the Kapilvastu, Palpa, and Rupandehi districts of Western Nepal. The local ADRA Nepal office developed this three and a half year project entitled, Develop Local Economy to Eradicate Poverty (DEEP), with the primary focus to empower women’s groups through sustainable agro-based livelihood activities, which will ensure food security and income diversification.

ADRA Nepal is increasing income-generating capacities of women through entrepreneurial and vocational classes, as well as integrating newly formed savings groups into strengthened cooperatives. This project will also seek to strengthen the organizational capacity, leadership, and management of members of the cooperatives through the use of the Result Orientated Leadership and Development Program (ROLDP). This project will reach out to 2,100 women in their respective communities, and is estimated to reach a further 40,838 secondary beneficiaries in the wider community.

Working with local partner Indreni Rural Development Centre (IRDC), ADRA Nepal wishes to liaise with local Districts and VDCs (village development centers) in order to establish positive relations with local representatives, and to achieve the goals set by this project.

ADRA’s DEEP project was launched on January 1, 2012 and is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2015. This project is funded and supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia.

ADRA Nepal has steadily grown over the last 24 years and has now integrated multiple programs in 34 of Nepal’s districts.

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