During this reporting period in one subproject 139 project families comprising from both original and pass on groups have earned a total sum of NPR 1,323,586 from goat-keeping which shows that on an average each project family has made a an income of NPR 9,522 in six months; while another 34 project families have earned NPR 16,381 each by selling milk and milk products.Project families are continuing kitchen gardening and have increased the consumption of fresh vegetables. 208 project families have adopted kitchen gardening and are cultivating vegetables through improved cultivation techniques, and were also able to sell some amount of vegetable at the nearby markets. On an average, each family earned about NPR 9,422 from veg. sell.As of this reporting period, 7 project families have installed improved cooking stoves; while 4 improved toilets have been constructed which has ultimately supported for the good health and hygiene of the project families.188 project families have planted 22,000 saplings of fodder and forage by utilizing barren and sloppy lands and the territories of their farm lands.
During the period under review the project participants were engaged in the marketing of crops, livestock /livestock products and horticultural produce. Maize marketing was one of the major economic activities and farmers were selling directly to milling companies or to the government through the Food Reserve Agency. The Private Sector was buying a 50kg bag of maize at ZMW 75.00($15) while the government through FRA was buying at ZMW 65.00($13).
Highlights for this period:
This reporting period of project implementation, 117 families received 117 cows and 211 families received 633 goats. After receiving all mandatory trainings, SHG members are practicing saving and credit. A remarkable achievement during this period was the establishment of milk cooperative: all 117 families who received cows, are now linked with Mithila Milk Union Ltd (Sudha dairy). At present around 140 to 150 litres of milk/day is being collected by the cooperative. Now group members are earning around Rs.100 to Rs.150 per/day through selling milk.
Before joining Heifer groups, women members were living in very pitiable condition. Their economic condition was very bad and they were not respected by male members of their family. But after joining Heifer project, their lives have changed. The women are now able to ensure gender equity within their families. They are now working for economic development of family and also nutritional improvement of their children. As a result, domestic violence and malnutrition have decreased. Women have been empowered to take decision in both household level and village level. Heifers trainings has created awareness and sensitized women towards being decisive. Positive thinking of members have brought encouraging changes in family lives.
People of nearby villages also showing interest in our activities and some villagers came forwards to join hands with us. Heifers trainings have influenced others in the community many families, outside the participating families, also follows the values of 12 cornerstones in their lives.