Solar MUS for Sustainable Livelihoods (Solar MUS-II)

Narrative description of the Project

SAPPROS has been implementing its Solar MUS programme in Kavre, Kaski, Syangja, Gulmi, Salyan, Rolpa, Surkhet and Dailekh districts. Solar MUS projects create and provide income and livelihood opportunities for rural households through solar powered lifting multiple use water systems (Solar MUS). The systems provide sufficient water for domestic use and for the cultivation of high value crops, which are fused with the appropriate extension services, capacity building, and market linkages,  with the financial support of Renewable world of U.K.

Objective of the Project

  • Significantly increase the sustainable utilisation and management of local landscapes and watersheds, leading to increased resilience to climate change, weather, socio-economic and climate shocks in vulnerable communities;
  • Improve health and sanitation through the provision of sufficient, additional clean water all year around, in marginalised communities who currently rely on poor, hard to access and inconsistent water sources;
  • Enhance income through significant increases of productive time, greater production and sales of high-value vegetable crops all year in disadvantaged rural households who are unable to, currently, mobilise productive assets;
  • Enable marginalised rural households to claim their financial entitlements including, available subsidies and credit and, service entitlements including, agricultural inputs, and applying these to sustainable livelihood activities

Activities of the Project

  • Construction of 19 Solar power systems benefitting 1000 HHs
  • Management of local NGOs;
  • Mobilization of communities
  • Establishment and capacity building of CBOs;
  • Project design, Construction of MUS; Facilitation of water management plans.
  • Training on micro-enterprise and
  • Capacity building for smallholders

Project Duration:
March 2015 to February 2018

Funding Agency:
Big Lottery Fund, UK

Funding Amount:
NPR 22,664,957 (usd 223,520 OR UK£ 156,310)

Project Coverage Area:
Kavre, Kaski, Syangja, Gulmi, Salyan, Rolpa, Surkhet and Dailekh

Beneficiary HH:
1000