By Katherine Zavala - Coordinator of Programs, IDEX
As part of ASHA’s sustainable agriculture program they train women on how to make manure, collect animal urine, make herbal insecticides. They are given seeds and fruit saplings for their kitchen gardens. ASHA motivates them by sponsoring a vegetable exhibition twice a year at harvest time. The women bring their crops and a panel of judges (including ASHA staff and group leaders) decides which ones are the best. The winners from each group receive a prize (a trowel and watering can) and share their tips for good crop growing with the other women.
Many of the women were using pesticides and chemical fertilizers before joining the group. While it is true that they may have lower yields the first few years after switching to organics, the lower input costs make up for the lost income. Also, previously each woman had to travel to Kathmandu on her own to market her produce to an intermediary. Now, ASHA has helped find a vendor who comes to the village to buy the crops. By selling together, the women are able to get a better price than before, and they save the cost of travel to Kathmandu.
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