People of Puthak VDC get rid of kerosene lamps through technology transfer
November 2005; Women of Pauthak VDC ward no. 5 and 6 of Tehrathum district now no longer light Tukis (a small kerosene lamp). They do not use the Dhiki-,Tato (manual grinding) either! The children of the ward now study under 40-watt electric lamp and do not have to study in the dim kerosene lamp or tuki. The men no longer worry about the price of kerosene that at times hike to Rs. 23 per litre. Tehrathum, the remote district has seen a change after the formation of Community Organisation.
All this was possible with the Village Development Programme launched by the Local Governance Programme (LGP) with support from local authority and UNDP. The programme has a component of technology transfer and recently the Human Resource Development Centres in the districts have been providing training on new technologies to the CO members with support from LGP
What has happened is a miracle through transfer of technology. The community has been able to generate electricity by establishing a peltric set, a productive investment out of seed grant! The total estimated cost of the project was Rs. 244999. Out of the total cost the LTF bore 20%, VDC 12%, COs 44% and government (through ADB grant) 24%. The total benefited household out of this project is 16. The project was completed with the joint venture of two Female COs and I Male CO. The female members equally volunteered in digging the reservoir tank and in labour works. The other wards are also trying to do the same after this successful attempt.