ERSHA has drawn significant lessons during its rural development interventions. Some of the lessons are presented below
• Grassroots capacity building is an effective strategy to ensure sustainability and to empower the target groups so that they plan, implement, monitor and evaluate local community based initiatives;
• The use of indigenous knowledge can help to maximize benefits, ensure sustainability increases efficiency and effectiveness;
• Mainstreaming women issues in all the stages of a given project is a key to gender sensitive project planning and management and will definitely ensures sustainability, equity and equality;
• One can bring sustainable development through empowering the community to identify problems and mobilize its own resources to solve local problems;
• Promoting self help approach helps to unpack women potential and is a good strategy for empowering rural women;
• It is possible to reduce the pressure on natural resources through promoting alternative income sources;
• Women are better in saving culture than their male counter parts.