Thursday, March 13, 2008

Solving a fuel crisis in Dolakha

Maya Shrestha lives in the hills of Lakuri Dada in the Dolakha district of Nepal. She makes her living by collecting and processing a local herb called wintergreen, which is used to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis and to flavour toothpaste. She is 60 years old and since her only daughter is married and her husband is too old to work and often ill, she works alone to earn enough to feed herself and her husband.
More than 60 families in this area of Nepal make a living from wintergreen oil. They have formed a co-operative of smallholder farmers called the Community Forest Users Group who collect and sell the raw material to the processing plant.
The processing plant, which was run on wood, was on the verge of shutting down because of a scarcity of fuel and low profits. ITDG Practical Action adapted the plant’s stove to burn the waste from the wintergreen after the oil had been extracted. Now firewood is only required during the monsoon and even then the adapted stove uses considerably less fuel than before.
In addition, ITDG Practical Action installed a system to unload hot raw material after the oil extraction process. This has further reduced fuel consumption, reduced the number of accidents and increased production capacity. Consequently the price paid to the wintergreen collectors has been raised by 50% because the processing can now be done more cheaply.



  1. nice..........thanks to know abt it..More than 60 families in this area of Nepal make a living from wintergreen oil....... wat we call wintergreen in nepali ?

  2. Aakar jee,
    We call "Dashingre" in Nepali for wintergreen oil and its botanical name is Gaultheria fragrantissima Wall.

  3. ok, i got it धसिंगरे ...

  4. badri ji,
    once again you have to look up ur google ads and google search they are in footer sectioon and they are not making would u shift it in other just after blogpost or above the blogpost....

  5. Aakar jee, thanx for the suggestion I will manage it