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An Social Entrepreneurship Project

Improving the lives of Poor ‘Tamang’ Villagers through the Promotion of Home Stay Tourism in Suntol

A Social Entrepreneurship Project by Sachindra Raj Sharma | Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Project slogan

Find prospects in problems

Problem addressed

Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 i.e. eradication of extreme poverty and hunger is addressed in the context of poor Tamang Villagers of Sankhu who have always been neglected in terms of development

Description

The project ‘Improving the lives of Poor Tamang Villagers through the Promotion of Home Stay Tourism in Suntol VDC of Sankhu, Nepal’ aims to improve the lives of poor Tamang villagers living in Suntol VDC of Sankhu, Nepal through the promotion of home stay tourism. The project is directly linked to Millennium Development Goal 1: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. The Tamangs like many other indigenous groups of Nepal have always been excluded from the mainstream of development. Sankhu, in spite of being so near to Kathmandu is under a rural setting and has always been neglected in terms of basic development. The Tamangs have inhabited Sankhu since time immemorial however they do not have a proper source of livelihood. Sankhu has a great potential in becoming a tourist destination because of its prospects for trekking, agro tourism, cultural tourism, pro-poor tourism, pleasure and recreational tourism, ecotourism and nature-based tourism. The project proposal aims to start a pilot initiative by choosing ten ‘poorest’ households headed by Tamangs and helping them start home stay tourism in their respective houses. Ten households for the task will be chosen on the basis of their willingness to undertake the task and their income level i.e. preference will be given to the more needy ones.

Nepal, being one of the poorest countries of the world is signatory to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, studies have shown that a substantial resource gap exists to meet many of the goals among which Target 1A: halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1.25 a day; Target 1B: achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people and Target 1C: halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger seem critical. In the context of Nepal, indigenous people who have been excluded from the mainstream of development are deprived of all these. The Tamangs are one of such group of people living in extreme poverty ultimately leading to their disempowerment. Hence, this project aims to coordinate with different stakeholders and help Tamang people increase their income sources through home stay tourism in Suntol VDC of Sankhu, Nepal. Since this project is SMART, it can be easily replicated and scaled up in the days to come.

Objectives

The overall objective of this project is to improve the lives of poor ‘Tamang’ villagers living in Suntol VDC of Sankhu, Nepal through the promotion of home stay tourism. The project is directly linked to Millennium Development Goal 1: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. The Tamangs like many other indigenous groups of Nepal have always been excluded from the mainstream of development process. Sankhu, in spite of being so near to Kathmandu is under a rural setting and has always been neglected in terms of basic amenities. The Tamangs have inhabited Sankhu since time immemorial however they do not have a proper source of livelihood.

Sankhu is a small valley situated in the bottom of Manichud hill and Shali river. Sankhu an important place of trade with Tibet in ancient time is still attractive in culture because of the old style houses, carved windows made of wood and several temples and stone sculpture in the old town. Modernity has not damaged it yet. The most important attraction of Sankhu together with its culture is Bajrayogini Temple, Shali river and the Sankhu-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel trekking route.

Sankhu has a great potential in becoming a tourist destination because of its prospects for trekking, agro tourism, cultural tourism, pro-poor tourism, pleasure and recreational tourism, ecotourism and nature-based tourism. It is one such place in Nepal from where a beautiful Himalayan range is visible. The project proposal aims to start a pilot initiative by choosing ten ‘poorest’ households headed by Tamangs and helping them start home stay tourism in their respective houses. Ten households for the task will be chosen on the basis of their willingness to undertake the task and their income level i.e. preference will be given to the more needy ones.

Milestones

The first step will be to register and set up an office that will run the project. I'll provide in kind contribution to the project through overhead expenses like office space, staffing and utilities. This will be followed by series of meetings with possible partners like the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and interaction and rapport with the beneficiaries i.e. the Tamang villagers targeted for the project. The beneficiaries will be chosen on the basis of their willingness to undertake the task and their income level i.e. preference will be given to the more needy ones.

Once everything is set, the households will be provided with basic sanitation facilities as it is a must for the home stay tourism to run efficiently. Likewise, basic facilities such as proper beds, mosquito nets, desks etc. will also be purchased and provided. However, just providing them such materials/equipment is not enough. They should be given proper training on hospitality management and hygiene maintenance. Thus, there will be a training on that. Monitoring will be done regularly to see the progress of the project. At the end, progress report will be provided. After a period of six months, the project is expected to run on its own.

Resources
We have: office, manpower
We need: capital
Other Needs
support and coordination

Project Timeline

10/01/2014 - 10/06/2014

Status: Completed

Budget

19128 €

Contact

Sachindra Raj Sharma
Programme Officer

Email
sachindras@hotmail.com

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