Who, What & Where

  • Gham Power 
  • Providing smallholder farmers with reliable irrigation, affordable financing and personalised agri-advisory, helping them adopt modern farming methods and eventually improve farm efficiency.
  • Western Nepal

The Company

A renewable-energy focused social enterprise based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Challenge

  • The Nepalese agricultural sector is pivotal in increasing income, alleviating poverty, and uplifting the living conditions of Nepali people.
  • The country’s poverty is a direct function of its unproductive agricultural sector.
  • Nepalese farmers do not have a reliable and sustainable source of irrigation and they follow traditional agricultural practices resulting in low agricultural productivity and low returns.

Renewable Solution

  • Providing solar water pumps (SWPs) as a reliable source of irrigation financed by partner MFIs.
  • Personalised agri-advisory

Project Financing and Costs

  • EUR 33,500
    • The micro-finance partners can finance 50-100% of the system cost (up to 50% financing from Gham Power) while the farmers can pay up to 5% as equity.
    • The systems are typically financed over three years’ term through monthly payments.
    • The ownership of the system transfers from Gham Power to the respective farmer as soon as they complete their payments.

Project Outcome

  • 200 solar irrigation systems in the past three years, with almost 100 systems installed through commercial financing.
  • Farm expenses have been reduced by up to 10% in the first year itself.
  • Land acreage increased by up to 8% on average.
  • Overall increase in productivity/yield by around 11%.
  • A single project helps to create or supplement five to 10 jobs.
  • Each project curbs an average of 2.1 tonnes CO2 per year, which means for around 200 systems that Gham Power has deployed so far, the systems directly curb 420 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Next Steps

Continue working with several partners from government, development agencies as well as the private sector to expand its solution in Nepal and to replicate the integrated approach in other countries in South and South-East Asia.