CASE STORIES

Investing in women farmers

Investing in women farmers

Story from Bajhang under Sustainable Livelihoods

Dhanudevi Bali lives in Bajhang district, in the far west of Nepal, and is a true follower of the phrase "learning by doing". With lots of social and economic challenges, her endeavors in learning new things and applying what she learns in her fields have been very successful.

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Fish and fruit and feathered friends

Fish and fruit and feathered friends

Story from Sunsari under Sustainable Livelihoods

The Samaweshi group in Letang built a fire preparedness pond in the community, and have now stocked it with fish. As well as retaining water, the pond is also generating income for the group. Letang is very vulnerable to fire hazards. There was no permanent way to collect...

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The Sheep and The Goats

The Sheep and The Goats

Story from Mugu under Sustainable Livelihoods

Sheep and goats are a major income source for farmers of Pina and Rara VDCs in Mugu. Scabies and other external parasites (like fleas and mites) and internal parasites (tapeworm, liverfluke, and roundworm) are a serious problem to farmers, as they affect the growth and development of animals. Farmers face the problems of reproductive health disorders, lack of weight gain compared with age, and even the deaths of several animals each year.

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Salt of The Earth!

Salt of The Earth!

Story from Dhading under Sustainable Livelihoods

Kabita Tamang lives in Jharlang VDC in northern Dhading. Her main income source is from farming, for which she uses traditional technologies. However, production was low, and she was not satisfied because she put a lot of hard work into it. She wanted to increase her production but she faced lot of problems, such as losing topsoil from the sloping land, low fertility, and not having access to newer technologies.

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Bhakta Bahadur's Brighter Future

Bhakta Bahadur's Brighter Future

Story from Bajhang under Sustainable Livelihoods

Bhakta Bahadur Kathayat's steps are heavy as he trudges home. It's been a long day. He left home very early, carrying a load of tomatoes to the market in the district headquarters, two hours' walk away. He's tired, but his heart is light. He's sold all his crop, and is carrying back some cloth for his wife Sarada, and new exercise books and pencils for his five children for school.

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A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Story from Bajhang under Sustainable Livelihoods

Seventeen people are a lot to provide for! Paruli and UjiteSarki always struggled to support their three sons. Now that their sons are married and have nine children of their own, there are even more mouths to feed. Fortunately, everyone helps out during busy times on the land, even the youngsters.

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I've earned more than my husband!

I've earned more than my husband!

Story from Rukum under Sustainable Livelihoods

It is around end of the spring season. Seed-growing farmers in Kholagaun look very busy with their daily chores of harvesting and threshing their cash crops - onion, radish, and peas - in the field. Parbati Jaisi, 26, a woman from this village, was even smarter this year, as she was able to thresh her onion and radish crops a few days earlier, and sell those for NRS 45,000 (nearly AUD 600), which is four times more than last year's sale.

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Bhim Bahadur's Bees

Bhim Bahadur's Bees

Story from Doti under Sustainable Livelihoods

Bhim Bahadur, 35 years old, is a poor but energetic and hard-working farmer from Ghanteswwor VDC in Doti. He moved from a different ward in his VDC around 15 years ago, in search of 'a full stomach', as he puts it. Bhim Bahadur initially raised goats to sustain his family.

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A Loan free person

A Loan free person

Story from Mugu under Sustainable Livelihoods

Kanna Bahadur Shahi, a poor farmer from Pina Village, Mugu, is the only breadwinner of his family. He used to cultivate millet as a primary food crop for local consumption, using traditional agriculture systems. But since millet takes a long time to germinate and mature this result in low productivity.

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Everyone Wants To Be Beautiful

Everyone Wants To Be Beautiful

Story from Dhading under Sustainable Livelihoods

Everyone wants to look their best, and Nepali village women are no exception. They love bright colours, and wear glittering glass beads and bangles. They wash and oil their hair, braiding in flowers or decorations at festival time.

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