First Category Prize 2014:
For projects by UN, international and regional organizations.
|Prize Subject:||Supporting the developing countries’ programs through marketing of homemade products.|
|Prize Amount:||US$ 200,000|
|The Winning Project:||Empowering women in the process of providing ecofriendly and sustainable housing.(Selected winner from 10 projects).|
|Implemented By:||Habitat for Humanity www.habitatnepal.org|
|Nominated By:||Ministry of Urban Development – Nepal|
Habitat for Humanity is a global housing organization building simple, decent, and affordable Housing in partnership with people in need. In Asia Pacific especially, it builds, rehabilitates and repairs housed with support from homeowner families, volunteers, donors and partner organizations in more than 20 countries. Habitat for Humanity first began working in Nepal in 1997. In the eight years to 2005, Habitat helped 830 families to build decent housing. HFH Nepal then made a strategic decision to increase its impact and reach more and poorer communities. The result was a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly housing program delivered through partnerships with non-government organizations, microfinance institutions and village lending and savings groups. HFHN has served a total of 50, 206 houses ranging from the Eastern to the Western region of Nepal. Habitat favors the use of the low-cost and environmentally sustainable bamboo, which is especially popular in the Eastern region of the country where Habitat has set up a bamboo processing enterprise, which produces corrugated bamboo roofing sheets, or presses woven bamboo mats into panels for walls. Women from the local community earn income by weaving bamboo into mats for the enterprise. The project aims to improve the lives of vulnerable women by enhancing their skills through various income generation trainings with the use of bamboo and employable skills on construction. These skills become an integral part of their income generation where these vulnerable women will be a part of handmade product industry. Hand-made products as defined under the current projects of Habitat Nepal are bamboo products grown, nurtured and made into products useful for sustainable and traditional housing while at the same time providing livelihood opportunities especially for women.