,Article-Why Gender Matters in Energy?_Sama Shrestha
The Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal (CRT/N) as the lead organization along with National Association of Community Electricity Users- Nepal (NACEUN) and Practical Action Consulting (PAC) is implementing the project “Promoting Women-led Enterprises for Energy Access and Local Production: WEE-Nepal”. Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC)/Government of Nepal has extended cooperation/coordination support for development and implementation of the project. This project is supported by ENERGIA, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy hostedby Hivos, the Netherlands under its Phase 5 programme framework “Scaling up Energy Access through Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE)” with funding from SIDA, NORAD and MoF Finland.
Empowering women by creating enabling environment for woman entrepreneurship in micro enterprises to enhance access to sustainable energy technologies and services and other sustainable energy-based micro enterprises for local production in rural areas.
September 2014 to August 2017
Khotang, Udayapur,Sindhuli, Kavrepalanchok, Lalitpur, Dhading districts
Achievements and Beneficiaries
Community Rural Electrification Entities (CREE) Coaching
WEE-Nepal works with 15 CREEs in 6 project districts to promote 500 woman entrepreneurs in their respective command areas. They are recognized not only as the local implementing partners but also as an actual owners of the local level woman entrepreneurship promotion activities. This
Feeling of ownership by local entities is crucial for sustainability of the project intervention on woman entrepreneurship promotion. Therefore, WEE-Nepal Project has followed a strategy that incorporates the activities such as: orientation on women economic empowerment; capacity building on organizational business planning and working together on developing three years business plan.
CREE Coaching is a two-day event conducted by WEE-Nepal Project to sensitize the CREE entities on the importance of energy-based enterprises focusing on woman entrepreneurs. Ensuring the participation of all executive members of the CREEs and local social leaders, the event organized at local level is expected to draw attention of the CREEs on importance of preparing their own business plan, assigning of a focal person to coordinate implementation of the business plan and establishing a Woman Entrepreneurship Development Fund (WEDF) under the CREE’s managerial framework. During reporting period, the coaching events were conducted in all 15 CREEs. Orientation training was also given to Focal Persons assigned by 15
CREEs and to the technicians of the CREEs in Kathmandu.
Training of Starting Entrepreneurs (TOSE) for Woman Entrepreneurs (WEs)
TOSE is one of the major outcomes of the Project. That is the establishment of women-led microenterprises functioning with sustainable energy and producing products and/or engaged in marketing of sustainable energy solutions. Therefore, TOSE is targeted to potential woman entrepreneurs with idea on potential enterprises and who have formally requested CREEs to support their energy based enterprises.
In the reporting period, 421 women participated in the training events and 61 percent of woman entrepreneurs (WEs) made positive profit margin. Furthermore, 37 WEs received business loan out of which 5 WEs took loan for the second time after paying back the first loan. There were also employment generation opportunities for 31 salaried and non-salaried employees through the WEs.
WEE-Nepal aims to promote 300 woman ICS entrepreneurs along with few man ICS entrepreneurs. The ICS entrepreneurship training events were therefore focused not only on technical skill enhancement but also on enhancing knowledge and skill on ICS business and leadership. In the reporting period, 266 women participated in the training events. These training events were organized in coordination with respective District Development Committees/ Energy,
Environment and Climate Change Section (DDC/EECCSs) and District Service Centre (DSCs).
Through these 266 ICS Woman Entrepreneurs, 17,997 ICSs were disseminated reaching 90,035
Consumers in Khotang, Udayapur and Sindhuli Districts.