Nepal – Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF) – March 2022
Jalandhar Yadav, 29, is a dairy farmer and small business owner who runs the Chappiya milk collection centre. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he received support from the Agricultural Development Bank Ltd (ADBL), IFAD’s implementing partner for the RPSF in Nepal. He was trained on the MPoS (merchant point of sale) machine provided by ADBL, which enabled him to conduct cashless transactions with farmers. This helped him to continue working during the pandemic, and the nature of the transactions meant farmers were able to maintain social distancing while selling their milk.
In Nepal, RPSF funds supported laying the foundation for scaling-up the upcoming VITA project. The project will implement a new credit card and mobile phone application for money and information transfers and automated loan processing. The RPSF grant accelerated the roll-out of Kisan cards (in Nepalese, kisan is a farmer) and app providing digital financial services, automatic loan processing, reducing face-to-face transactions and promoting financial literacy and savings to build resilience.
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