HNFF recently established a network federation of producer groups in7 VDCs of Makalu-Barun National Park and Buffer Zone (MBNPBZ) and formed the first ever Himalaya Fibre Network with representatives from each women-led allo producer group. The purpose of this Fiber Federation is to avoid duplication of I/NGOs work related to allo products and advocate and assert their rights over natural resources and market information, including transparent records of allo business. HNFF also supported the Fiber Federation in establishing an Allo Service Centre (ASC) and has trained the ASC manager on record and bookkeeping. Communication equipment and other furniture support were provided to the ASC for its effective operation. Allo producer groups from other VDCs located outside the MBNPBZ are also the members of the Fiber Federation. The purpose of this ASC is to create liaison between the women allo producer groups and Kathmandu-based private company for allo business. Similarly, the ASC also provides its services in linking semi-processed allo materials (Jakhilma) from the allo producer groups located outside the MBNPBZ to finished product producer groups which minimizes the scarcity of raw materials to meet the quantity of the market demand. To monitor and deliver the products in time, the ASC provides monitoring services and builds professional relationship between the ASC and women allo producer groups.
This mechanism enhances networking among the producer groups that are widely scattered in the remote villages of northern Sankhuwasabha and eastern Solukhumbu districts. Uniting them for a collaborative business will establish transparent and good governing systems to build their trust and self-confidence within the producers for an entrepreneurship development. And most importantly, this mechanism renders immediate payment system to the allo producer which minimizes taking high interest loan to meet their daily needs.