Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF)

Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) was established in 2003 and implementation in Dhading district through ICDC started at Sunaulabazar, Katunje and Kalleri VDC since 2066 B.S. as a special and targeted program to bring the excluded communities in the mainstream of development, by involving the poor and disadvantaged groups themselves in the driving seat of development efforts. So, PAF seeks to improve living conditions, livelihoods and empowerment among the rural poor, with particular attention to groups that have traditionally been excluded by reasons of gender, ethnicity, caste and location. PAF is contributing on bringing the level of poverty down through intensive initiatives of Social Mobilization, rural community infrastructure development, income generation and capacity building. PAF is financed by the Government of through a succession of IDA grants from the World Bank. Major Activities of the project: Project’s Name: Poverty Alleviation Program Partner Organization: Poverty Alleviation Fund Project Area: 3 VDC’s of Dhading- Katunje, Sunaolaabazar, Kalleri Project Duration: Since Falgun, 2066 B.S Project Goal and Objectives: To reduce existing extreme poverty and help the targeted group in sustainable livelihood inside the project area Targeted Beneficiaries: Direct: Poor, marginalized, dalit, women and janajati Indirect: Local bodies especially agriculture, livestock farming, domestic/ cottage industry, physical infrastructure affiliated person and organizations Project Nature: Social operations, capacity building, income generation, rural community infrastructure development Project’s Name: Poverty Alleviation Program Partner Organization: Poverty Alleviation Fund Project Area: 3 VDC’s of Dhading- Katunje, Sunaolaabazar, Kalleri Project Duration: Since Falgun, 2066 B.S Project Goal and Objectives: To reduce existing extreme poverty and help the targeted group in sustainable livelihood inside the project area Targeted Beneficiaries: Direct: Poor, marginalized, dalit, women and janajati Indirect: Local bodies especially agriculture, livestock farming, domestic/ cottage industry, physical infrastructure affiliated person and organizations Project Nature: Social operations, capacity building, income generation, rural community infrastructure development
 

Social mobilization

Village level planning and review meetings. Socio-economic analysis and formation of community organization. Mobilization and development of community organizations. Networking of community organizations and their institutional development. Project related activities Development of income generation sub-projects and fund hand over. Development of infrastructural sub projects and assistance.

Capacity building

Training on account management and revolving fund mobilization. Training on goat shed management and commercial rearing of goat. Training on animal insurance Monitoring and evaluation District level yearly review Publication of yearly bulletin Internal as well as external monitoring and evaluation.

Major Achievements

28, 23 and 16 community organizations registered at Katunje, Sunaulabazar and Kalleri respectively. Out of 67 in total, 66 are implementing IGA activities while 11 of them are conducting small scale infrastructural construction activities.
The entire registered COs are functioning smoothly and efficiently conducting periodic meetings, sub-projects that mobilize savings and revolving fund.
Al the 67 COs have mapped their locally available resources. (water, forest, land and human resources)
All the 1761 poor households affiliated to the 67 COs have identified their personal needs, prioritizing them and develop as well as implement sub-projects utilizing the locally available resources in order to scale up their income generation.
In the context of Income Generation, out of total NRs 23044581, NRs 8012386 at Sunaulabazar, NRs 9919270 at Katunje and NRs 5112925 have been mobilized under the revolving fund respectively.  Community organizations based in all three VDCs have developed plans to establish cooperatives and commercialize their agricultural productions in the market.
5 COs from Kalleri and Katunje have reduced risks introducing the provision of insurance on the income generation activities. This practice is a first of its kind in District.
All the members of COs contribute at least 1 day each month to the public works in their community. The value of selfless service to the community has developed.
During the Maturity analysis, out of 41 COs which are 3 or more years old, 14 COs under grade A, 13 COs under grade B, 8 Cos under grade C and 6 COs under grade D have been categorized.
COs have initiated coordination with Government and Non-Governmental agencies at VDC level. In addition to this, 34 members from COs have been trained on management of goat shed and commercial rearing of goats while 15 members have been trained on financial management and mobilization of revolving fund.