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Birgunj – Eakta Mahila Cooperative

  • Status: Complete
  • People Housed: 68
  • Country: Nepal
  • City: Birgunj
  • Partner: Lumanti
  • Year Approved: 2019
Delivery of Homes
Total Expected
Self Build
Project Overview

Located in the city of Birgunj, this project targeted members of the Eakta Mahila Women’s Cooperative. It was fully financed by revolved funds from previous Lumanti projects, which is a great example of how housing finance can be used cyclically to have greater impact. The cooperative was lent funds by Lumanti, who in turn lent to individual member households to finance housing construction. Additional technical assistance and community support work was also provided.

As Lumanti’s first project in Birgunj City, which is located on the Indian border, this pilot scheme was able to demonstrate how a people-driven approach can lead to the sustainable delivery of affordable housing. The clients previously lived in housing which caused multiple threats to their health and security and often lacked access to basic services such as water. Each household was able to use their loan to construct a safe, permanent house fully serviced with electricity, household water and sanitation. Upon repaying their loan to the cooperative, the funds were then revolved again by Lumanti to support new housing projects throughout Nepal.

Homes Completed
Homes Occupied
Connected to Electricity
Connected to Water and Sanitation

Client Data

Household Demographic Data
Household Size
Proportion Female
Proportion Children
Proportion Elderly
Proportion Disabled
Housing Information
Description Type Number Completed Unit Size (m2) Monthly Cost
(Local Currency)
Loan Length (months)
n/a Self Build 16 34 6944 36
Finance Source Interest Rate (%)

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Data last updated on 10/03/2021