Nepalese woman and child
Stories of hope from Bajura
Climate Change Adaptation for Sustainable Livelihoods Project

Maheshwori Rokaya is a resident of Guam Rural Municipality, ward number 4.

She has a big family and it’s hard to provide sufficient food for everyone. In spite of all their hard work, the family’s small plot only provides food for a few months of the year.

This is the result of poor soil, a lack of irrigation and increasing drought as well as natural disaster like land slides. The poor yield and lack of other opportunities to earn an income means members of her family have had to migrate to India at various times throughout the year, which disrupts relationships and the chance for education.

How your support is making a difference

With the support of INF Australia, INF Nepal runs a program in the area which aims to help build the resilience of the community. It equips people to anticipate the impact of changing climate and learn practical livelihood skills to supplement their incomes and improve their health.

The project is far reaching. It aims to:

  • Help communities assess the risk of climate related changes that threaten crops and stock
  • Respond quickly in the aftermath of natural disaster
  • Provide training for small business start ups.

INF Nepal offered Maheshwori training in the raising of poultry, and this has proved to be life changing for the family.

Beginning with 15 chickens, Maheshwori has not only expanded her flock but decided to begin a small fish farm building on the principles she learnt in the project.

This means the family can now meet their needs without being forced to leave the area to find employment.

 “I am very positive and thankful to INF Nepal for the training and support,” Maheshwori said.  

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