Examples of PU promotion

Example 1 : A Successful Expample of PU Promotion

With the help of their CREE in Syangja district, villagers have discovered the favorable conditions for lapsi candy manufacturing in their area and a lapsi production was set up. Now several families are involved in the production and sale of lapsi candy. They can earn their livelihood in their home villages. Also, the CREE sells significantly more electricity than before. Other villages identified business opportunities like milk processing, bee keeping, poultry farming, processing of fruits or local bamboo and increased income of many families as well as the revenues of the CREE!

source: A manual on Promoting Productive Use of Electricity, NACEUN and EnDev Nepal



Example 2: A look at the numbers: PU Promotion makes the difference!

A CREE in the Banke district with 1,200 domestic consumers, 27 public consumers (irrigation) and 8 industrial consumers still makes 29 % of its total income from those 35 “productive” consumers. Without those public and industrial users they would suffer a loss of approximately 4 % every month. With those productive users they make a surplus of 4 % which they can reinvest in the improvement of their CREE.

A smaller CREE in Baletaksar/Gulmi has 537 domestic consumers and 14 “productive” users (5 industrial, 1 commercial and 8 public users such as schools, temples and drinking water pumps). Without those productive users the CREE would not be able to generate any surplus. Having those users promoted and included in the network provides the CREE a solid surplus of 16 %.

Those CREEs have profited immensely from PUE promotion. Don’t you think that in your community some – five, ten or more – small businesses like mills, repair shops, home-stays or a number of irrigation users could be promoted?

source: A manual on Promoting Productive Use of Electricity, NACEUN and EnDev Nepal

Example 3: CREEs and Cooperatives

Samudayek Bachat Rheen Sahakari Sanstha is the cooperative working as saving credit cooperative in Biruwa Bazar. This cooperative is providing a saving and credit facility to the community members of the CREE area. Every CREE customer is also shareholder of this cooperative and has access to the saving credit facility, according to Mr. Neelkantha Sharma, President of Cooperative community. Most of them approach the cooperative for a loan to procure animals for agricultural purposes (pig, buffalo or poultry), for small businesses and to procure land. Mr. Sharma reports that repayment is no issue and on time. The cooperative provides a loan of Rs. 10,000 without collateral to each person and more if some persons take the loan together, e.g. a maximum of Rs. 80,000 for 5 members. Beside these smaller loans the cooperative provides loans up to Rs. 1,500,000 against collateral. The opportunity to access loans is very beneficial for the people and helps to promote PUE. The opportunity to save money on a bank account and to access loans has helped many people to improve their socio-economic wellbeing. Many have bought electrical equipment or machinery for PUE. The savings and credit cooperative has been founded in parallel with the CREE. This was done because the CREE was founded as an NGO and has no legal opportunity to provide loans, but in future, when the CREE transforms into a cooperative, it shall be merge with savings and credit cooperative. Adjusted by-laws for the new “CREE cooperative” have already been developed and are currently under review by the District Cooperative Office before it will be sent to NEA. Lately the CREE in Naubusta (Bake District) and the Jilla Samanwaya CREE (Sangja District) have successfully converted from NGOs to Cooperatives which allows them to offer services as described above!

source: A manual on Promoting Productive Use of Electricity, NACEUN and EnDev Nepal