In one subproject, 135 original families and 70 POG families received the gift of buffalo. Since then, project participants have not only begun increasing their household income through the training and inputs provided by the project, but they also initiated projects for the benefit of the entire community. In one of the community’s self-review and planning sessions, it was noted that a main limitation to their increased income from goats and buffalo was a lack of suitable roads for motor vehicles. So in their own initiative and effort, the members of the Gayeatri Pariwar Bachat Samuha group have were able to build a road by lobbying $1,149 from the Kamal Mai Village Development Committee (VDC) and the District Development Office. The community members donated two weeks’ worth of labor for this project. Men from the community also gave their full support for this project. The road was built and joins the Kamalamai VDC with the capital of the district, providing greater access to markets.
During this reporting period 70 families from the Original Gift Group (OG) have earned Rs. 1053,000 from raising buffaloes. Among them the highest earner is Bali Kumari Khadka with an earning of Rs 90,000 and the lowest earner is Nirmala Khatri with Rs.48, 000, whereas the 70 families from POG have earned Rs.929, 800. Among them the highest earner is Goma Palpali with an earning of Rs.78, 250 and the lowest earner is Mira Kharel with an earning of Rs. 44,400.During this period the 140 families who received Buffaloes have been able to pass on the gift through the sale of dairy products such as milk, curd, butter etc. The consumption of such products has also been beneficial to provide balanced diet to the recipient families. After the two-day Nutrition training given by Laxmi Pariwar Bachat Samuha, there is increased level of awareness among the villagers regarding their diet as well as regular cleaning campaigns have been held in the village.The 270 families from OG and Pass on the Gift Group (POG) have maintained a nursery by planting soybeans and improved fodder/forage. This has helped to improve the environment, provide food to the animals as well as increase their income level. Vermicomposting and composting has been a common practice among the families, promoting organic farming and decreasing the use of chemical fertilizers. Due to boost of confidence and capability among the members, around 15% of the women have been providing their leadership to different consumer groups. On their own initiative and effort, the members of Gayeatri Pariwar Bachat Samuha have been able to build 2 km motor road by raising fund of Rs.100,000 from Kamal Mai VDC and District Development Office and. On addition the group has been able to collect Rs.90, 000 from local tourists. During this period, OG Laliguras Pariwar Bachat Samuha has been able to collect a fund of Rs.20, 000 from a Japanese tourist group.
Project families in general have changed their lifestyle through change in social behavior. Some specific examples - Leelamaya Ramtel from the original group earned NPR 54,000 as the highest income from buffaloes rearing during this reporting period; while Yava Karki and Tulasha Bhujel from pass on groups earned a highest amount of NPR 63,000 and lowest amount of NPR 25,000 from same. It shows that on an average each project family has earned at least 10,000 from buffaloes rearing. Similarly, 270 project families have earned a total sum of NPR 453,100 by selling off-springs of original and passed on buffaloes and goats. Further, those 270 project families have also earned a total of NPR 218,100 from kitchen gardening; while some of the project families earned up to NPR 6,700 by selling fodder and forage as well. The entire Self-Help Group (SHG) members are also increasing their saving funds from various activities like group laboring, retailed shops, handful grains donation campaigns etc. and have added their funds by NPR 449950 in total. Similarly, 6 SHG members have earned up to NPR 155,500 in total from collective ginger farming and by selling at nearby markets.After receiving different trainings, community members have maintained social harmony being united and supporting each other. Similarly, project families have cultivated vegetables by using organic manures and have been consuming fresh vegetables daily. It has supported them to be healthy. Besides, they have applied improved animal management technology. Discrimination based on caste, race, gender and religion has remarkably reduced. Community members appreciate each other’s feelings, thoughts and ideas and share for betterment of themselves.Increased group leadership has come up with increased and effective coordination and collaboration with different stakeholders regarding to the developmental activities. Increased awareness about the sanitation, health and hygiene has supported to undertake sanitation campaigns, keep the surroundings neat and clean.
Progress Toward Objectives
Objective 1: By the end of the project, 100 percent of project families will have significantly increased their income levels.
Women Empowerment and Income Generation Project (one of the 21 projects that make up the BCHD umbrella project) supported 135 original families and 70 families with buffaloes. The project participants have not only been increasing their income through the inputs provided by the project but have also initiated projects for the benefit of the whole community.
On one of the PSRP sessions it was noted that the limitation to increasing income from goats and buffaloes was that their village did not have a paved road to drive on. So in their own initiative and effort, the members of Gayeatri Pariwar Bachat Samuha have been able to build 2 km motor road by lobbying Rs.100,000 from Kamal Mai VDC and District Development Office.
The community members donated 2 weeks’ worth of labor for this project. Men of the community also gave their full support for this project. The road joins Kamalamai VDC with the capital of the district.
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