GRID is working to bring solar to the Deusa Agroforestry Resource Center (DARC) in Deusa Village in the Thulung-Dudh Koshi Rural Municipality, Solukhumbu district of eastern Nepal. GPS coordinates 27°27’38’’N; 86°42’06’E. DARC is a nonprofit center that processes and markets crops from local farmers, directly benefiting 500 households and indirectly benefiting 2,000 households in the surrounding area. DARC was established in 2013 with the aim of enabling climate change adaptation for local communities. The building was constructed by the local community of Deusa with financial support from Deusa Community, EcoHimal and the Glacier Trust.
DARC offers a wide range of products and services including distributing saplings of fruit trees, timber, grass, herbs, ornamental plants/flowers to local farmers; providing training and consultation to farmers about managing agricultural diseases. The Center lends tools to farmers, provides a week-long residential training on horticulture, permaculture, organic farming at the center to the high school students and buys produce from local farmers, processing it and selling it in a local market functioning like a cooperative that helps farmers sell their harvests to consumers. The Center is also an educational and recreational area for the visitors, promoting Agricultural tourism in the area and promoting Agroforestry information about adapting to the impacts of climate change in one of the most vulnerable communities of the Himalayas.