Roots for Life developed an overall concept for Chyangsar in order to promote the sustainable development of individual villages. Part of this concept is the establishment of a model farm. Here organic vegetable cultivation and in the future also vegetable processing are practiced. The focus is not on efficient, economically oriented production.
The basic principle of the model farm is to give all women an opportunity to learn, to try out and to practice. All women in the village can take part in free training sessions and thus also grow organic crops at home. Here they learn, for example, how to build greenhouses, produce organic fertilizers or how pests can be controlled naturally. So they do not become dependent on hybrid seeds and chemical pesticides. Young plants were distributed, sold or given away in exchange for a share of the harvest.
Through the joint processing and marketing of the products produced, it will not only be possible in future to strengthen one's own supply, but also to generate income. However, in the sense of empowerment, the responsibility lies with the women's cooperative of Chyangsar from the very beginning: the women's initiative is essential and is not only integrated into the overall development, but is also a driving force. See also Building Local Structures: Building and strengthening local structures.
For the technical implementation of this project we were able to win over the Nepalese organisation Social Work Institute. The Institute's experts provide training on topics such as cultivation, compost production, accounting and planning.
After the 2015 earthquake, 30 women in Chyangsar (Solukumbu) decided to take their fate into their own hands. They organized themselves into a women's group and founded the Shree Sidhapuri Women development commety Kerung-1-Chyangsar. Together they implemented the "Village safe and loan system" (VSLS). Through small loans guaranteed by the committee, each woman could gradually buy a flock of chickens. Roots for Life supported the committee in the process.
This committee developed the idea of a training farm together with Roots for Life and its local partner Social Work Institute. In order to achieve this goal, the women participated in training courses and learned all about management and business administration. With these skills the women are able to establish themselves as a cooperative and to manage it. In 2017 the Sagarmatha Milijuli Sana Kishan Women Cooperative LTD was founded.
Since the 2015 earthquake, Roots for Life has been working with women to initiate and finance the activities of the training farm. Roots for Life has been able to guarantee the operation of the training farm through the financial support of Fair Styria, among others. Many women work free of charge on the model farm. At the beginning of the project there was not a single greenhouse in the village. After three large greenhouses were built together on the model farm, some women also built private ones for themselves with the new knowledge.