Language Development Centre - Nepal

The mission of LDC-Nepal is to improve the socio-economic situation of Nepal's language communities by implementing language-based development programs in partnership with civic, government and non-government agencies. LDC-Nepal is a non-profit social service organization. The vision of LDC-Nepal is that language communities in Nepal are empowered to use their own languages, with Nepali, for their educational, social, political, economic, and cultural development.
Dec 13, 2013

Neera's progress in Sustainable Livelihoods

Neera in front of her New Goat Shed
Neera in front of her New Goat Shed

We would like to share Neera’s story with you. Your contributions made it all possible.

Background

Livelihoods projects were started in seven Tharu women groups in Dang supported by the Language Development Centre and Help Society Nepal, a local Tharu NGO, to improve the socio-economic status of women in Tharu communities.

Neera’s Story

Neera is a member of Sayepatri Women Cooperative. This group of 26 women has been together   for two years. Neera has two daughters and her husband works as a day paid worker in the local market when he can find work. Their income is minimal and some days he finds no paid work.  

Neera has participated in a number of livelihood trainings and along with all her group members started her own business with six goats.  Neera now has 22 goats, last month Neera sold four goats for $360.00.  Another five goats will be ready for sale within 6-7 weeks. She is very happy with her progress and built a new goat shed to expand her goat rearing business. She said that "the project help me to change my thinking, my life style, and increased my self-confidence as well as encouraging all of us to become involved in making our own small business.”

 Wider Impact

  • Increased unity among the women group members
  • Men are now more likely to involve women in making decisions in the family and community
  • Increasing confidence among the women in the community
  • Greater awareness of local resources and how to use them
  • Many women have developed entrepreneurship skills

Looking Ahead

Other Women Cooperatives also need support and training to start goat rearing and skills to build improved goat sheds. All women cooperatives benefit from visits to other communities to gain new ideas for family based businesses.

Thank you for your continued support to the Tharu communities in Nepal. Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates on our progress, and share this link with friends and family.

Goats inside the Shed
Goats inside the Shed
Goat Shed under construction
Goat Shed under construction
Oct 7, 2013

Increasing Greenery for Sustainable Livelihoods

Tharu women working in Fodder Field
Tharu women working in Fodder Field

We are implementing integrated project activities with the Tharu communities in Dang in coordination with local stakeholders through the women cooperative groups. The response has and been wonderful and encourages us to continue our work with these communities all made possible through your contribution.

Background

Our projects also address environmental challenges through literacy classes, training for sustainable livelihoods, raising awareness and changing attitudes through advocacy and networking. We assist local women cooperative groups to plant tree seedlings in their villages so eventually they will have enough fodder to feed their animals and keep the community looking green. 

Achievements

Language Development Centre Nepal and Help Society Nepal is jointly implementing the project activities in close coordination with local stakeholders. We are empowering women led community groups to improve their socio-economic status. The following achievements are made based on project and community's records.

1.   767 members are actively involved from 71 community groups, among them we are providing direct support to 7 Women Groups with 250 members.

2.   Approximately 140,000 seedlings are planted for fodder trees and one hector of land used to produce forage.

3.   Local Government offices had provided 25,000 seedlings for our activities.

4.   We planted more than 200 seedlings at Help Society Nepal compound to develop model green garden.

 Social Impact

  • Women taking part in decision making process for allocation of resources
  • Increasing confidence among the women in the community
  • Tharu women are in good position to communicate with the wider community
  • Greater awareness and increased respect for women by men

 

People attitudes are changing. Local communities are more aware about their rights, responsibilities, children education and environmental issues. 

Economic Impact

  • 1370 Baby goats and piglets and 20 buck (goats) were provided to poor members/families to start family-based animal husbandry under Get-one-Give-One (gift) program.
  • Three cooperatives are now registered to collect deposit and grant loans to members.  $4,596) has been collected and loaned to cooperative members.

Challenges

Women led group need more coaching, support and exposure to develop their capacity and influences in the community. Neighboring communities asking us to expand the project activities and existing program need to regular support with close monitoring.

 

Thank you for your continued support to the Tharu communities in Nepal. Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates on our progress, and share this link with friends and family.

Fodder and Forage Field
Fodder and Forage Field
Goat rearing under Gift Program
Goat rearing under Gift Program
HS-Nepal Office Compound
HS-Nepal Office Compound
Sep 17, 2013

Moving forward to Sustainable Livelihoods

Mr. Bhusal Facilitating the training
Mr. Bhusal Facilitating the training

We continue to implement regular activities with the Tharu communities in Dang and are encouraged by the progress in the communities with women groups. Progress is made possible through your contribution.

Women Groups

Community Cooperative trainings

Language Development Centre Nepal and its local partner NGO in Dang, Help Society Nepal continues working with 7 Women Groups with 250 direct beneficiaries. These groups are working together to continue literacy, livelihoods and community development activities.

In response to a request by the community group we organized a three day Saving and Credit management training for 59 women from seven women groups. These members will then act as a local resource person to train the other group members. This training has helped the participants to understand the importance of saving and credit cooperative activities, its functions, structure, financial transactions and procedures. Mr. Homlal Bhusal, Cooperative Development Officer (District Cooperative Development Office) worked as a trainer for this training.

Challenges

Training participants and women community group members need more training and supports to understand about saving and credit procedure and its management. We are planning to support these groups to enable them to register with the District Cooperative Board to start their cooperative officially and access further resources that are only available to groups registered with the local government.

Thank you for your continued support to these Tharu communities in Nepal. Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates on our progress, and share the link with friends and family.

Participants and trainer in Training
Participants and trainer in Training
Questions and answer session in Training
Questions and answer session in Training

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