ASHA Nepal

To improve the health, livelihood, education and socioeconomic status of the children and the community as a whole through: sustainable management of resources; capacity building for groups and individuals; institutionalization and advocacy for sustainable agriculture, food security, and social development.
Mar 5, 2009

March 2009 Update

An interesting project underway in Nepal is ASHA’s mushroom-growing initiative. Since mushrooms can be grown inside the home, mushroom-growing can be practiced by even landless farmers and older people who may not be physically able to grow other types of crops. After some small-scale farmers expressed interest in the project, ASHA organized a 3-day-long training in organic oyster mushroom production. 33 women farmers from 4 different groups participated in the training.

To sharpen farmers’ knowledge and understandings of mushroom farming, a day trip was organized to visit a mushroom farm in the nearby municipality of Banepa. All 33 women participated in the excursion where they had the opportunity to see mushroom farming in action and learn about different methods and techniques. The trip also provided a valuable opportunity for the participants to interact with the farmers and share their experiences. ASHA staff also advised the women on how to best market their products at the local market in Banepa.

ASHA also facilitated a 1-day training to 67 women members of 3 groups, including the mushroom farmers, on the importance of eating a balanced diet, especially for children and pregnant women, and the nutritional value of various crops and fruits. Mushrooms are a great crop for these small scale-scale farmers to grow because not only are they nutritious but they are profitable and relatively easy to grow.

Dec 9, 2008

December 2008 Update

ASHA recently sponsored a permaculture training for 28 lead farmers selected from 3 of the ASHA women groups. The training was facilitated by an expert on permaculture design, who followed findings from a feasibility study of permaculture principles in the Okarpauwa community. In addition to the formal training in Okharpauwa, the participants visited a model permaculture farm to sharpen their knowledge and understanding. Following the training, many women are practicing seed exchange, improving terrace, constructing run off channels, farmyard management (FYM), and other key permaculture principals.

Sep 4, 2008

September 2008 Update

Women from the ASHA-supported Kurilo Group inspired the formation of a new group!

Members of the Kurilo group traveled to the Padeni community in the Nuwakot district of Nepal to share their learning from ASHA trainings on group management, and, as a result, the women in Padeni decided to form their own group. With ASHA’s assistance, the Padeni Tamang Women’s Group is now up and running with 21 members, bringing the total number of ASHA-supported women to 91 in four groups.