Laxmi Group formed mostly of Danuwar
Marginalized ethnicities participate in development
Danuwars are amongst the most marginalized ethnicities in Nepal. The census shows that only 68,000 are present in Nepal. Historically they were rice farmers but in recent days, due to lack of education and failure to change with the times, they have been reduced to farm labors and are virtually non-existent in the country’s social and political dialogue.
Heifer’s project with HANDS in Dudhauli of Sindhuli incorporates the Danuwar community. They were initially very shy and predisposed to not expressing their opinion. As the second generation pass on group they received livestock and trainings on Heifer’s cornerstones, group management, vegetable production, gender equality, reproductive health and HIV awareness trainings.
With progressive participation in group activities and group meetings, the Danuwar women participating in the project have now found their voice. Recently three Danuwar women have become members of a road construction committee. Such a social position is usually reserved for men of the elite caste and class. With Heifer’s support, the Danuwar women have been able to stand up and take part in their community’s progress.