Baseline for Livestock Project

Hiramay Tamang, Namlo’s Agriculture Coordinator, recently completed a baseline survey for the Livestock Project in Dhuskun.

Hirayama Tamang

Hirayama Tamang

Funded by the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation and the Three Graces Foundation, the goal of the project is to upgrade skills, size of herds (by 40 percent), incomes and veterinary services for the Women’s Cooperative of Dhuskun, Nepal.

Hiramaya surveyed the 39 women who are participating in the program and made the following observations:

As of January 2015, the thirty-nine women together own ninety-seven goats, with each woman owning three or fewer goats.

Currently, women are making use of traditional goat pens, have no system for grazing, and are not vaccinating their animals.  The also have no access to dipping tanks, and do not have access to resources that can help them regularly check on the health of their animals.  Expenses for keeping goats average $16 per year, and average income generated from their animals total $32 per year.

Namlo’s program entails providing training directly to the women in improved goat-keeping techniques, but also to establish veterinary services (on a fee-for-service basis) in the area so that the women goat keepers can have regular access to support and services, thereby increasing the sustainability of the economic activity.  If you would like to donate to this project (or one like it), click on “donate now” button at the bottom, top or side of this page.

Dhuskun women listen intently in a livestock training

Dhuskun women listen intently in a livestock training