Improving the livelihood of the poor
December 2007; Endowed with abundant water resources, Bhimgitthe village is situated in Baglung district, the western development region of the country where most of the people live in abject poverty. Most of the villages in the district are difficult to reach and even a near village requires a rough walk for 5-6 hours. Most of the people living in the area fall in the category of ethnic minority and marginalised community (dalits).
With the intervention of UNDP Rural Energy Development Programme, electricity has reached almost 420 households and the lives of the people in Bhimgitthe village has changed greatly.
Basic service facilities like health posts, agro processing mills, cable TV networks and rural communications centre (telephone, fax) are operating for the first time in the village. People are running electronic repair and maintenance shops, photo studio and poultry farms.
UNDP has technically supported this US$ 80,000 project bearing 50% of the total cost while the rest of the support comes from the community and local government bodies.
'We are happy that UNDP has been supporting to bring about visible changes in the lives of the people and we are happy and honoured to have the Associate Administrator inaugurate this project,' said Mr. Rama Kant Gauro, Member of the National Planning Commission, jointly inaugurating the project.
Operational since 1999, the UNDP rural energy development programme promotes rural energy systems; primarily community managed micro hydro systems . The aim is to expand rural energy access in communities where the national electricity grid has not been able to reach. Since 2003, successful demonstrations and piloting of the Programme has resulted in the World Bank coming on board as the Programme partner.