Ladagada and Pokhari Village in Nepal's far-western region suffer from widespread chronic hunger due to poor geographical accessibility, lack of basic infrastructure and basic services. In 2012, Saemaul Zero Hunger Community Project was implemented in the two villages to improve the living standards of vulnerable population by strengthening their livelihoods and improving the efficiency of existing resources.
WFP in partnership with Good Neighbors International (GNI), is using Saemaul Zero Hunger Community model - a holistic development approach with a mixture of activities like basic infrastructure creation, livelihoods strengthening through income generating schemes, enhanced basic service delivery and capacity development activities.
A section of the rural road constructed by the community in Ladagada Village, which connects the villagers to the nearest market.
WFP, with funding support from the Republic of Korea, has been contributing in economic and social development of food insecure people by bringing in specific interventions in the areas of education, nutrition and livelihood support.
Women working in the construction of rural road under the cash-for-work project under the livelihood support scheme.
Participants of the project receive cash of Rs. 250 (US$ 2.65) as a daily wage for thier labour in building rural infranstructure that would support their livelihoods in a sustainable manner.
In collaboration with the NMB Bank, WFP introduced the use of smart cards - a simple and innovative solution for delivering cash transfers in Ladagada and Pokhari Village, where banks don't have physical presence.
Smart cards has helped stimulate local markets and is allowing rural women to better control their finances and learn about banking facilities.
The cards were distributed to nearly 17,000 households and each card stores personal identity details, photo, finger prints and saving records.
Most of the women have shown active participation in development works with a hope to improve their quality of life in the village. In the meantime, the cash-for-work project also helps them support their family by earning some income.