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» Soap factory set up in a remote village of Baitadi

Mar 22, 2012
Soap factory set up in a remote village of Baitadi
Implementation of PAF programs in Gokulehswor has reached 5 years. Even while majority of the CO members in the village remained happy pursuing traditional means of income generation like livestock rearing and animal husbandry, some of the members of Siddhanath CO chose to implement a manufacturing enterprise.

Implementation of PAF programs in Gokulehswor has reached 5 years. Even while majority of the CO members in the village remained happy pursuing traditional means of income generation like livestock rearing and animal husbandry, some of the members of Siddhanath CO chose to implement a manufacturing enterprise.


Given that demand of soap always remained high the village and nearby markets and there were no producers to make the supply, some of the members of 23-member Siddhanath CO of Gokuleshwor VDC - 9 assessed there was a huge market of washing soaps and they could tap that potential by establishing a soap manufacturing enterprise.


Following the release of the first installment from PAF, the CO organized 12-day training on how to produce washing soaps. The trainings were attended 19 community members, including 6 members of Siddhanath CO, 6 members of Janashakti CO and 7 members of Devati CO. After the training, however, the members realized they need huge monetary input to actually materialze their plan and if they failed to compete, they will suffer a huge loss. This realization forced many to drop the idea. However, Kalpana Nath and Ram Nath, chairman and treasurer of Siddhanath CO respectively had different idea. They committed themselves to set up the factory and even registered ‘Chaulani Soap Industry’ at the Office of the Cottage and Small Industries Development Committee (OoCSIDC) in Baitadi.


They even inaugurated the industry in the presence district local political representatives and prominent local personalities on February 23, 2011. “We had planned to start the industry by taking loans of Rs 15,000 each from the CO. But procurement of fixed assets alone has crossed over Rs 275,000, said Kalpana Nath. Thankfully, PAF contributed Rs 120,000 in this process and the members acquired raw materials investing Rs 125,000.
Still good news was; contrary to initial skepticism, they have not yet faced any problems over finding the marker. “We were not even required to send soaps in the market. Retailers come directly in the factory and take away their orders,” said Ram Nath, another promoter of the soap factory.The factory has set wholesale price of soap (each weighing in a range of 170 grams to 180 grams) at Rs 9 per piece and traders are happily retailing it at Rs 10. “We required huge initial investment because we needed to source the raw materials from Bareli and Pilbhiti of India. Otherwise, we are enjoying pretty good business and sound return,” said Ram Nath.
 


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