Like many in Nepal, Tul Bahadur was greatly impacted by the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tul lives in Sunchchari Rural Municipality of Rolpa, and is the main income earner in his family of seven. For five months of the year, the family cultivates seasonal crops such as barley and maize, which provides enough income to sustain the basic needs of the family. However, for the remainder of the year, Tul migrates to neighbouring districts in search of employment.
The nationwide lockdown came into effect while Tul was in a neighbouring district, resulting in him being sent back home. “I thought the lockdown would last only for a couple of weeks, but it lasted four months. This situation put us in a very difficult situation as there was no alternative work available in the village”.
Each day was getting tougher and tougher for Tul and his family.
But one day, the local ward recommended him to be a part of INF Nepal’s income generation activities which supported people impacted by COVID-19. With the money received from INF Nepal, Tul was able to purchase two goats and start a farming operation on his land. Goats are considered a source of economic stability for many small farmers, with income being generated from milk, meat, manure, wool and skin.
Tul acknowledges that although this is just the start, he is very hopeful that he will be able to increase the number of goats on his farm and earn a year round income. This will mean he no longer has to leave his family and migrate to other districts in search for employment.
“I am very happy and thankful to INF Nepal that at the time of crisis, they emerged out to support the people in need like me”
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