Kanchanpur lies in Mahakali Zone in the Far-Western Development Region of Nepal. Mahendranagar is the district headquarter. The district, with an area of 1,610 sq. km is divided into nineteen VDCs and one municipality. Kanchanpur has 82,152 households with a total population of 451,258 (Male 216,042 & Female 235,206) .
Agriculture (including livestock and poultry), cottage industries and trading are the main economic activities of the district. 75.65% of the households stated that agriculture forms their major source of income. Among the registered small and cottage industries, majority work in the service sector followed by the productive sector.
The district is served by 28 different branches of ‘A’ Class Commercial Banks and ten different branches of ‘B’ Class Development Banks. The population served per branch is 13,015 against the national average of 8,960 . This indicates the need to further expand the outreach of financial services and facilities to the unbanked population of the area.
The population of Kanchanpur consists of 28.93 percent Chhetris, 25.68 percent Tharus, 15.96 percent Brahmins, 7.72 percent Kamis followed by others, in terms of caste/ethnicity. Rana Tharu, a sub group of Tharu, has different language, dress and religious practices and belong to the Far Western Region of Nepal. Kanchanpur is not free from women discrimination; women are less involved in economic activities and have less access to financial services. A key focus of Sakchyam is to increase the access to financial services and facilities that would ultimately help reduce the discriminatory practices towards women and DAGs.
Value Chain Financing Innovations
Delivery Channel Innovations
Financial Literacy Initiatives
The programme is supporting Machhapuchhre Bank and Sanima Bank to deploy Dedicated ARMs to increase financial services to the rural poor.