Support to Tarayana Phase III (Livelihoods) funded by HELVETAS Swiss Inter cooperation

Posted on: July 1st, 2016

Tarayana Foundation has been engaged in planning, implementing and monitoring its largely rural-based activities that target vulnerable individuals and communities in remote parts of the country. Helvetas supported the Foundation and its activities for a period of three years, 2005 to 2007. This first phase of support focused mainly on identifying and training self-help groups to support rural livelihood opportunities in pockets of hard-to-reach communities, and contributing towards the overall institutional development of the Foundation.

The end-of-project evaluation of Helvetas support for the Foundation recommended a second phase of support. Accordingly, a planning mission was fielded to suggest prospective areas of Helvetas support within the overall framework of the Foundation’s future priorities and plans. The second phase of the project will be for a period of three years (July 2008 – June 2011), and will be implemented by the Tarayana Foundation and target communities in Zhemgang and Sarpang, with support from Helvetas.

The overall goal of the second phase is:To contribute towards strengthening rural livelihood interventions in target rural communities through working with and developing the capacity of civil society organizations. The expected outcomes are:

1)      Increase in income for at least 60% of targeted households in three communities,

2)     Enhanced capacities of civil society organizations in target rural communities to participate in local decision making through formation of at least 6 associations and groups,

3)     Tarayana Foundation emerges as a well established grassroots NGO.

The total financial contribution of Helvetas to the project is 330,000 CHF.

The goal of the project is “To contribute towards social and economic empowerment of selected rural communities and development of civil society organizations’’.

The main outcomes of this project are:

Synergies between Tarayana and other CSOs created and increased collaboration in rural areas, Increased CSO support to awareness raising events at local level, Increased engagement of CSOs in issue based advocacy, Improved skills for income generation through relevant and quality capacity development programs for individuals and groups, Increased household income through viable income generating opportunities and Enhanced institutional capacity of Tarayana

CSO Development

Tarayana along with another CSO has initiated a monthly coordination meeting among all the existing CSOs and the newly established ones. This meeting creates a platform for all the CSOs to discuss common issues pertaining to the implementation of programmes/ activities. An online forum has been created to share experiences and discusses issues.The Foundation has also generated interest among the other CSOs to do the shadow reporting for CEDAW

Livelihood promotion

A total of ten SHGs have been formed in six villages for different activities. Office bearers were also elected and all the groups are now functional. Two women from the SHGs have attended a food processing training at Mysore, India and have trained community members from their villages. Training on different composting was conducted to enhance the skills on the preparation of different compost, understand the role of composting in soil fertility and in plant nutrition. The training was very successful as the participants made their own compost right after the training. Now every family has a kitchen garden and they market their surplus produce. The average income of each household has increased from Nu.245 to approximately Nu.800 per month since the inception of this project (as per the survey carried out by the RNR Extension of Kengkhar).

Housing Improvement

Out of 172HHs, 134 houses have been completed since the inception of the project and 15 houses are currently under construction. With this activity, ten male and seven female in every village has acquired the new skills of carpentry and masonry.

Advocacy on sanitation and construction of toilet in all communities has been carried out in collaboration with the Basic Health Unit of Kengkhar. The Field Officer helped the local government leaders in mobilizing and initiating the construction of toilets for the households funded by the Public Health Department.

Crafts Promotion

Four work-sheds/ Community Facility Centres have been completed in Tongla, Yudaric,Nanaric and Murung.These centres are being used as a multipurpose hall, where different groups come together to produce their craft items like Jandoms, masks and also uses it as a weaving centre. It is also used to showcase their products as an outlet for handicrafts such as masks, jandoms, altars, patra, cane and bamboo products and also agriculture produce of the community members.


A total of 17 community members from Kengkhar (13 female and 7 male) attended the annual Tarayana Fair organized in the capital. The community representatives showcased their skills in crafts and agriculture produce during the three-day Fair. They were successful in marketing their products and also making contacts with potential customers from various handicrafts shops in Thimphu. The successful marketing of products has given a tremendous boost to the community members back in the village in joining the SHGs. The representatives were able to earn a total amount of Nu.5.22, 640 (Five lakhs twenty two thousand six hundred and forty) during the Fair.

Micro Enterprise

Two community shops were setup at Yudaricand Murung village. The project has provided micro credit of Nu. 200,000 (two hundred thousand) each. It proved beneficial to 150 households of nine villages in Kengkhar .The grocery items are given at a lower price compare to other shops. From the total sale, 5% has to be deducted in saving, 5% for transportation and 5% to the shopkeeper. Members take turn to run the shop.

Micro credit has been made available for both individual and groups at 7% interest rate per annum. Individuals are yet to avail this service while two groups have already availed it.