For the foodie in your life. Provide people with the opportunity to access good food and potentially create a small business. It may be seeds for a vegie garden, fruit trees, beekeeping, fish farming or livestock such as cows, goats, pigs or sheep - with training to develop a sustainable business.
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By buying this gift, you are contributing to projects run by TEAR partners that provide people with the opportunity to access good food to feed themselves and their families, and potentially create a small business. It may be seeds and training to grow a kitchen garden, livestock and training in animal husbandry, beehives and training in bee-keeping or fish farming. Profit made from selling produce can boost a family’s savings, help pay school fees to keep kids in school, or meet other basic needs.
This is Santoshi Dhami from Nepal, holding one of the garlic plants from her recent bumper crop. Before Santoshi and her husband Ghyanshyam became part of the Surma Devi Farmers’ Group, started by TEAR’s partner United Mission to Nepal, they grew wheat and corn. But this was barely enough for six months of the year, and they lived a hand-to-mouth existence, both working as daily labourers to make extra income. Since being a part of the farmer’s group they are now growing garlic and mustard, and have had a successful crop – 150kg of garlic and 30kg of mustard. By selling their crop they will have enough to help feed and educate their family (three sons) for the year, and cover other household expenses.
The Dhamis are just one of 60 households that have benefited from the Enhancing Livelihoods project in their area, which provides seeds, training and technical support for farmers. The farmers’ groups also operate as savings co-operatives, with participants putting in small contributions per month.
With their crops bringing in a much better income, and savings as a buffer against hard times, Ghyanshyam and Santoshi are now able to secure a better future.
Your gift of good food is contributing to projects like this one and making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty and marginalisation.
About our partner – United Mission to Nepal (UMN)
UMN works towards “Fullness of life for all, in a transformed Nepali society”. Established in 1954, UMN is a cooperative effort between the people of Nepal and a large number of Christian organisations from nearly 20 countries on four continents. Multicultural teams of Nepali nationals and volunteer expatriate staff work alongside local organisations in less developed areas of the country, building partnerships that lead to healthy, strong and empowered individuals, families, and communities.