Put good food on the table. This gift provides people with the chance to access seeds for a vegie garden, fruit trees, bee-keeping, sheep farming or livestock such as cows, goats, pigs or sheep - with training to develop a sustainable business.
How your gift helps
Rice and chilli pickles. It sounds OK, but what if that was the only meal you could afford to eat every day? For Monica and her family, who live in a rural area of Nepal near the Indian border, this was the case not so long ago.
Since becoming part of a Self-Help Group run by TEAR's partner Welfare Association for Children, Tikapur WACT, the family is now able to put more nutritious food on the table every day, including meat and vegetables. Monica's journey with the Self-Help Group has been a long and determined one. She joined the group eight years ago and began to meet with local women from her community once a month. WACT trained the women in bookkeeping, shared valuable information on nutrition, health and sanitation issues and also helped them set up a savings and loans group. Over time, the women began using small loans to set up a market garden, growing crops like cauliflowers. They now grow and sell the vegetables, dividing the profits among the group.
Monica's husband used to have to travel regularly to India to find work as a labourer as a way of making ends meet. Now, he works with her in the fields. The family's steady income means they are able to live together as a family and also afford to send their daughter to school. They still eat rice and chilli pickles sometimes, but are also able to eat other good food that gives them better nutrition and improved health.
About our partner
Welfare Association for Children, Tikapur (WACT) was started in 1992 by one of the earliest Christian leaders in Tikapur, far western Nepal, as a practical response to the poverty that existed in the local community. WACT's mission is to "share the love of God by reaching out to marginalised and disadvantaged communities and facilitating a process of empowerment to enable them to sustainably respond to their needs". TEAR is supporting WACT's work to empower women facing poverty through forming Self-Help Groups. There are currently over 5,000 women involved in these groups, which take action to improve the health and livelihoods of their families and communities.
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