Transforming the Nepal Water Sector

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RAIN accomplished astonishing results in Nepal, implementing > 2000 systems, providing > 12.500 poor 20 million liters of RAIN water throughout 15 districts in Nepal. To scale up the program, donor money will not be sufficient. From 19 till 26th of January, MWF supported RAIN in persuading Micro Finance Organization to provide tailor made MF products needed to finance investments in 10M3 tanks and plastic lined ponds.

RAIN Foundation is active in Nepal since 2004. Currently the Nepal WASH Alliance programme (2011 – 2015) is being executed. RAIN is working in all regions, but focusing on (seasonal) water scarce areas. RAIN used to focus on drinking water, but now changes to domestic and productive water use: biogas, irrigation and other uses (for teashops, restaurants, temples).

Together with our local consultant MWF collected primary data from the field to determine the increase in income caused by investing in Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) equipment. On the average, commercial farmers raised income by NRP 100.000 (about EUR 750). Non commercial farmers realize a slighter increase of about NPR 24.000 (including savings).

The data is clear: investing in a plastic lined pond and/or a domestic 10m3 tank increases income due to increased productivity (vegetables), time saving (increased job related income) and savings (decreasing cost of food).  About 75% of the water harvested is being use for increasing productivity. These findings convince several MFIs to join a program geared to scale up RWH programs.

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