About Us

1. Introduction

The Rural Enterprises and Remittances Project (RERP) "SAMRIDDHI" is a seven year project being implemented jointly by Government of Nepal, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supply and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for reducing poverty and achieving sustainable peace through employment-focused, equitable and inclusive economic development. Agro Enterprise Centre (AEC) of Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and industries (FNCCI), HELVETAS (an International Non-Governmental Organization) and selected financial institutions working within the project area are implementing partners. RERP is being implemented from December 2015 to December 2022 with a total funding of approximately USD 23.23 million, which includes Grants and Loan from IFAD, contribution from Government of Nepal, and expected contribution from Private Sector and project beneficiaries.

The Project intends to cover 16 districts namely — Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Bhojpur, Dhankuta, Khotang, Terhathum, Udayapur, Bara, Dhanusa, Mahotari, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Okhaldhunga and Sindhuli of the State 1,2 and 3 under the recently adopted new federal structure. The geographic area follows a road 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 aims to provide sustainable sources of income to 94,500 poor households, migrant families and returnees by supporting range of credible economic opportunities that includes decent employment, local microenterprises promotion and microenterprises linked to high value farm & off farm supply chains having good growth potential following corridor approach, in addition it enables those beneficiaries 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.

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 is organized into 3 components, summarized in the table below;



1. RMSE & Jobs
(10,000 people)


Total direct beneficiaries 40,000 people


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.

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

 1.3) Decent jobs through TVET, jobs placement and apprenticeships


 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(+10,000 from    c 1.1) 

+110,000 on mobilizing migrant resources and skills

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

 2.2) Mobilizing migrant resources and skills – develop sustainable migrant  services, especially at local level, via migrant resource centers, info desks and online services

3. Institutional Support and Project Management

 3.1) Knowledge Management and M&E: to provide evidence-based  continuous 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