Seeds of Hope

Secure livelihoods mean secure futures for families

It’s nearly impossible to climb out of poverty alone, but when a community comes together, their many hands help to lift each other up. Through Livelihood Programmes, we aim to raise the household income of families living in poverty in a sustainable way.

The Livelihood Programme beneficiaries form self-help groups so they work together in their communities to help one another to transform not only their own lives but also those of their community. This also means when new beneficiaries are chosen, they get supported by a group of people who already have experience and can therefore get their gardens established. Livelihood intervention programmes help in many other areas too, such as prevention of child labour, slavery, or trafficking. It also gives local communities a sense of worth and wellbeing that they are empowered to look after themselves and not be reliant on continuous aid.

The impact of the livelihood projects is growing rapidly and here are some of the successes from IN Nepal’s Livelihood Pilot project.

Participants of the Pilot programme were provided with 10 varieties of vegetable seeds, along with training on vegetable cultivation and equipment, to enable them to establish their own gardens. Training was also undertaken on how to construct polytunnels. These tunnels will allow families to grow a wider variety of vegetables and extend ability to grow crops across colder parts of the year. This will help families to provide food for their own use and has the potential for additional income by selling any of the surplus vegetables that are grown.

Indra Bahadur lives with his wife, two daughters and three grandchildren. He shared “Now we have varieties of vegetables in our own garden no one is hesitating to cook a meal for the family”.

Maya Tamang lives with her husband and son. Her husband is a labourer, and she has been involved in the IN Nepal Livelihood Programme both with rearing goats and growing vegetables. “I have been enjoying the training around cultivating different varieties of vegetables from the IN Livelihood Programme. I am now making some income which is making our family life easy”
Bishnu Phari, who lives in the Sindupalchok District of Nepal with his mother, his wife and two sons, doesn’t own his own land but has been instrumental in helping establish a community garden in his village. “I feel very blessed to be able to grow vegetables not only for my family, but also for my neighbours. Thank you IN Nepal for supporting me and my family.”

By providing communities with the resources and education to become self-supporting, it empowers them to find local long-term solutions to poverty.

You can support families in breaking this cycle of poverty – transforming lives for generations. Help provide communities with the resources and education to become self-supporting, empowering them to find local long-term solutions to poverty.

Secure livelihoods mean secure futures for families. You can continue to support this initiative here