Key Findings in December
Across 14 districts, 21 percent of respondents said they had already completed construction, while 22 percent said they had started. Both of these figures reflect a steady increase over 2017, from zero having started in January and 13 percent having completed in March (the first month this was captured). While these rates do not match up with official figures, this could be due to the fact that many families are rebuilding their homes without going through the proper approval mechanisms, and will try to apply for the entire grant amount only after their home is complete. If this is the case, it is likely that compliance rates will be extremely low.
By district, eighteen percent of respondents in Sindhuli and 17 percent of respondents in Okhaldhunga said they will only begin construction after taking a subsidy loan from the government. By caste/ethnic group 27 percent of Sherpas said they would wait until taking a subsidy loan from the government, which is seventeen percent higher than any other ethnic group. A total of 73 percent of respondents said they expected to complete the reconstruction process within one year.