About Us


1. Introduction

The Rural Enterprises and Remittances Project (RERP) "SAMRIDDHI" is a joint project of the Government of Nepal (GoN) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). GoN and IFAD signed the Financing agreement for the Project on 10 December 2015 and is expected to be completed by December 2022. Its strategic goal is to “reducing poverty and achieve sustainable peace through employment-focused, equitable and inclusive economic development”. As its name suggest, Samriddhi is not to promote migration, but rather to, firstly, promote better local economic opportunities and, secondly, to enable those that still choose to migrate or who are returning to be better able to gain the full benefits of migration as a transformative step in their families’ economic livelihoods.

RERP proposes to bust-up the inclusive growth of markets and for agricultural products and the development of associated local clusters through which poorer smallholder producers can benefit alongside others.

Ministry of Industry— MoI(recently renamed as Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies), GON is the Lead Project Agency. The Project intends to cover 16 districts namely; Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Bhojpur, Dhankuta, Khotang, Terhathum, Udayapur, Bara, Dhanusa, Mahottari, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Okhaldhunga and Sindhuli of the Eastern and Central Development regions (Province 1, 2 and 3 under the recently adopted new federal constitution). The geographical areas follow a corridor approach linking districts along the main roads running south to north to facilitate the connection of hill districts to larger markets in Terai. 

The project targets a total outreach of about 210,000 people as primary beneficiaries comprising around 40,000 on RMSE & Jobs Promotion. And 170,000 people for Productive Investment on Rural Finance and Migrant Resources Skills activities.

2. Goal and Development Objectives

2.1 Goal:

Reducing poverty and achieve sustainable peace through employment focused, equitable and inclusive economic development

2.2 Development Objective:

Viable rural micro, small and medium enterprises (RMSEs), both the farming and off- farming sectors, provide sustainable sources of income to rural poor households, of migrant families and returnees.

3. Project Components

The project will be organized into 4 components, summarized in the table below.

Component

Sub-component

1. RMSE & Jobs
Promotion

 

Total direct beneficiaries

40,000 people

including:

outreach of 30,000  people on Decent Jobs promotion

 

1.1) Supply chain development: Creating RMSE and job opportunities for producers, including smallholders, and other enterprises in competitive agricultural and non-agricultural clusters. (replaces former sub-comp 1.1)

1.2) RMSE development (Enterprise Service Centres and CCI strengthening). Building sustainable business services to create opportunities for local RMSEs (in original design)

1.3) Decent jobs through TVET, jobs placement and apprenticeships (in original design)

 

      Outreach 1, 000    

      1.4) Social mentoring of households and groups to address        common social risks using the household methodology              from sub-component 1.1

2. Productive Investment

 

Total direct beneficiaries
170,000 people

50,000(plus 10,000 from c 1.1) 

+ 110,000 on mobilizing migrant resources and skills

2.1)  Financial Inclusion – financial & business education; imporved supply of financial services via strengthening of co-ops, partnerships with FIs and risk sharing instruments (in original design)

2.2) Mobilizing migrant resources and skills – develop sustainable migrant services, especially at local level, via migrant resource centres, info desks and online services (in original design)

3. Institutional Support and Project Management

 

 

3.1) Knowledge Management and M&E: to provide evidence-based continous learning and improvement and support scaling-up of best practices in the project and by other actors  & 3.2) Project Management                                                                                                           

4. Key Performance Indicators

10% of reduction in the prevalence of child malnutrition, as compared to baseline

At least 33 % of target entrepreneurs, vocational trainees and apprentices are women

30,000 rural youth access job placement services

30,000 RER/SAMRIDDHI-supported enterprises (20,300 new and 9,700 existing) are still in business after 3 years (RIMS), of which 33% owned by women/30% owned by migrant returnees

21,000 RER/SAMRIDDHI-supported vocational trainees and apprentices, of which 33% of women, are in gainful employment over at least 6 months