Miracle Berry Changing Lives at Top of the World

by HimalAsia Foundation


The miracle Seabuckthorn plant grows wild in the Himalaya Mountains. We equip communities to plant nurseries and harvest wild berries, lifting people out of poverty and protecting the environment.
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Half the people in Nepal live in abject poverty and Mustang has extremely fragile eco-systems. Harvesting and making products from Seabuckthorn, with its miraculous medicinal and cosmetic properties, create new livelihoods for poor people-- local women in cooperatives from 10 villages, nun novices, young monks and local Tibetan doctors. The program safeguards traditional knowledge of medicinal plants and the soil-fixing properties of Seabuckthorn roots help protect fragile environments.


Training 10 villages in Mustang to establish nurseries and harvest wild Seabuckthorn sustainably. Equipping them to produce juice and tea and process Seabuckthorn oil. Providing access to markets nationally and internationally.

Long-Term Impact

Communities of Nepalese people will pull themselves out of poverty permanently. Fragile eco-systems of the high Himalayas will be protected from degradation and desertification. Knowledge of traditional medicines will be preserved.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Seed Awards 2005

Organization Information

HimalAsia Foundation

Location: Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley - Nepal
HimalAsia Foundation
Project Leader:
Susanne von der Heide
Director of the HimalAsia Foundation, Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal

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