Safe houses for very poor families in west Nepal

Project data
NGO Name: 
Community Impact Nepal
Place of execution: 
Pathari, Kailali district
SELAVIP Contribution (USD): 
Type of solution: 
New Dwelling

New dwelling


Country context

Country: Nepal

Capital: Kathmandu

Continent: Asia

Population: 30,899,443 (2023 est.)

Languages: Nepali (official), Maithali, Bhojpuri, etc.

Currency: Nepalese rupee

System of government: Federal Parliamentary Republic    

Borders: India, China

Area: 147,181 sq km

Percentage of people living in urban areas: 21,01 % (2021)

Annual Inflation: 7,7 % (2023)

Unemployment Rate: 5,05 % (2021)

GDP Per Capita: USD 1,208 (2021 est.)

Approx. Monthly Minimum Salary:  NPR15,000.00 (USD 113)

HDI (Human Development Index): 0,602

% of Population living under The Poverty Line: 17,4%

Summary of the project

Landlocked in South Asia, Nepal is located between China and India. Still 4.9 million people of the country are multi-dimensionally poor, which is 17.4% of Nepal's population (according to the Nepal 2019 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey Report). In this context, Community Impact Nepal, a Kathmandu based NGO, has implemented a project that aimed at providing new dwellings to families who are from mixed backgrounds and ethnic groups but have come together in this location as they were very poor and landless. Before the execution of the project, these families were residing in small temporary shelters made from CGI sheets or mud and bamboo.

The Community Pathari where the project has been implemented is a poor, semi-urban Community located in the outskirts of Dhangadi submetropolitan city in western Nepal. Meetings with the families were organized at the start of the project, the participation of the families was important in the implementation of the project since they were involved in all the project’s process. Regarding the construction steps, the work was divided in two families’ clusters: One cluster started digging foundations while the other made bricks.

All the new dwellings have been built using CSEB (Compressed Stablized Earth Bricks) in load-bearing wall design. Most houses were small two-room houses but depending on the needs, size, and situation of each family the families were able to select between different designs (each house was constructed following approved government designs, the size varied from 26 to 33 square meters).

With regard to the support from the local authorities, it has been helpful and important since they have also contributed 50,000 NRs (415 USD) per family (this money was provided directly to the families).

The major challenge faced during the implementation of the project have been related to the climate (the monsoon).

Project Contributions

SELAVIP's contribution: $50.400 USD
Other contributions: $152.564 USD


Unit cost per family

$5.638 USD

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Goals of Sustainable Development in the framework of this project

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Promote wellness at all ages

Reduced inequalities