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Project information

Women-Led Oil Press Initiative

This proposal focuses on the establishment of a Women-Led Oil Press Initiative that provides training, skills and employment for marginalized women by utilizing local natural resources to produce soap, lotions, etc. that can be sold in (inter)national market hubs.

March 2011 - March 2013

Charity information: The Nepal Trust

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  • Need


    Local herb resources are collected in forests and pressed by hand, which is very labour intensive and forces women out of their houses, which negatively impacts on their family life and health conditions. The need for accessible (agriculture related) income generating activities will be addressed through the provision of low-capital investments and practical education to marginalized groups to teach them how to develop small-scale home-based social enterprises by utilizing local resources.


    The provision of low-capital agriculture facilities, such as hand operated oil press machines (a new revolutionary technology introduced by the Nepal Trust to Nepal), will enable more disadvantaged people (women, children, handicapped, Dalits, elderly) to access basic income generating opportunities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create income generation opportunities in Nepal's remotest and most inaccessible district.


    » 30 families from 6 villages will be selected and provided with oil-press equipment to set-up small home-based social enterprises.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 30 families who can generate additional income to provide better food and a healthier lifestyle.

  • Impact


    The project will allow women to work from the house and gain additional income . In addition this will discourage them from migrating to bigger cities in search of employment. Humla district has the lowest health statistics in Nepal according to WHO figures. Raising incomes will result in healthier lifestyles and contribute to reducing the desperately high maternal and child mortality figures. These will be be measured through our chain of health clinics.


    The political situation in Nepal is the biggest risk but the Nepal Trust was the only NGO allowed to continue working in Humla by the Maoists during the 6 year civil war because of its ethical standards and through working directly at grass roots level. All key field staff of the Nepal Trust are recruited from Humla and are well known to the beneficiaries.


    The project will be managed by a committee led by the Nepal Trust for 3 years, after which it will be handed over to local communities, entrepreneurs and/or private organizations. Regular illustrated progress reports will be produced and sent to donors as required.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £54,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Oil expellers To 30 families
      £25,000 Training Training and marketing support.
      £4,500 Overheads Admin and travel costs to remote Humla
  • Background


    Humla district is located in the far northwest of Nepal and has a population of around 45,000 living in scattered enclaves in the lower valleys of the Himalayas. Simikot, the district headquarters, has a dirt airstrip that lands only a few flights per week in good weather. The closest road-head is nine days walk to the south; and in Tibet six days walk away to the northeast. These isolated mountain communities rely on subsistence farming and minimal trade with Tibet and India.


    The total population of the 6 villages comprises approx. 5,500 people that will receive benefits from the oil press initiative. However, the main direct beneficiaries will be 30 families that will be provided with the oil press equipment to set up small home-based social enterprises that will allow women to work from the house and gain additional income from the rest of the population.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Nepal Trust has worked in Humla for 16 years, through the viscious civil war, and has a well respected and trusted record in the district. The Trust works in a number of key activity areas including health care, renewable energy, income generation and education. Its partners include UNESCO, Unicef, Untwo, SNV, and Rotary.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nar Bahadur Lama (Jigme)

    Jigme is our project manager in Humla. Jigme and his family are locals born and brought up in one of the target area villages.