Despite challenges from pests (which were well managed), some of the crops were harvested on the training farm and distributed fairly to the women. We are constantly working to improve the situation on the fields, for example by clearing shady trees. From Ghunsa six new members could be won for the cooperative. And the training hall is taking shape, the foundation walls are already standing!
Year overview 2019:
After many discussions and negotiations, the programme was first defined at the beginning of the year and the cooperation with Chay Ya Austria and Chay Ya Nepal in this cooperation project was contractually determined. The project is mainly financed by funds from the province of Vorarlberg.
The land was officially purchased, the first greenhouses were quickly erected, the plants planted and training sessions held. The women in Ghunsa were integrated into the cooperative in Chyangsar. There are already so many vegetables growing in the fields that the women can already take a lot home for themselves and the pest infestation was also mastered. More and more women are also building greenhouses at home.
A scientific study has also been conducted to determine the current situation of the women in the villages of Chyangsar and Ghunsa. This has shown that there is a need for action and that we are going in the right direction with our Projects.
The children of the village were accepted into the scholarship program and provided with school uniforms and underwear. The uniforms were sewn by the local tailor – the added value remains in the region!
In addition, a training hall like the one in Chyangsar was planned for the first time and the plot of land was measured. In 2020 the construction will follow!
There are already three greenhouses in Ghunsa, where people are busy planting. They have special windows for ventilation, but the monsoon has also torn them a bit. Here, too, the approach of “learning by doing” is practised in the training sessions in the fields.
In Ghunsa, intensive discussions were and are being held about the programme for 2019 and the organisation of the cooperative. They will be supported by our partners Chay Ya Austria and Chay Ya Nepa, the province of Vorarlberg and the Networker for Humanity Foundation. The land in Ghunsa has already been bought and the first greenhouse erected.
During her visit, Carola Gosch handed each member of the cooperative a lungi (traditional garment) and planned the project goals with all participants.
Year overview 2018:
The women from the women’s group who started with the “village save and loan” system are almost all integrated into the new agricultural cooperative. There are internal rules where rights and duties are fixed. The extension to other villages has also been prepared. Several women from Ghunsa have now joined the cooperative, so that the planned implementation of the training farm in their village can begin. The cooperative is already independently represented on social media. During the trainings they learned a lot of new contents from the field of agriculture but also organization, in addition there were writing and reading courses. A girl from Ghunsa was also given the opportunity to undergo an important eye operation. She is now on the way to recovery.
The women from Chyangsar and Ghunsa learn and work together from now on. Also in Ghunsa a model farm like the one in Chyangsar will be built soon. Already now the women attend many trainings – already in the new training hall in Chyangsar. The cooperative is now also on the move on social media and represents itself completely independently on Facebook.
Through our work in Ghunsa we became aware of a girl who was severely impaired by her bad eyes. Thanks to an eye operation and the support of Roots for Life, her sight was saved for the time being!
Borrowing and paying into the community fund already works automatically. Now all women have internalized the system earn money with the sale of raised chickens or eggs and can eat more varied. In the management trainings of the cooperative (link to News-Post) we now work out how the system can be used for further projects and larger purchases.
Women’s activities related to Village Safe and Loan have been incorporated into the cooperative. Here, there will be exact rules on who can borrow for how long for what. The focus will be on the development of organic farming and livestock breeding for the women of the cooperative. In the future, however, social care money could be granted. All members of the cooperative now pay regularly.
Year overview 2017:
The women of the village established a Village Safe and Loan System. They put a Nepali rupee into a till every month. When enough money had been collected, some women gradually received a non-interest-bearing loan to help them make a major purchase. As a result, 30 women managed to earn money by breeding and selling chicks and eggs during the year. Her own diet was also improved. All women paid back the money they had borrowed from the Women’s Agricultural Cooperative. The Village Safe and Loan System has been successfully implemented.
30 women now have chickens and most of them have already repaid the borrowed money to the women’s cooperative. The Village Safe and Loan System has been successfully implemented!
Another 10 women were able to afford a group of chickens thanks to the so called village save and loan system. Now there are already 20 women who can provide for their family with the chickens.
Thanks to the self-initiative of the women and the help of Roots for Life, ten of them were able to buy chickens in January 2017. Carola Gosch visited the village at Easter 2017 to taste the eggs and to entertain the whole village with traditional Austrian “Eierpecken”. It’s a fun game, played at Easter, where two contestants have to clash their egg against the other. The one with the undamaged egg wins and can play against the next challenger. Already six months after the start of the group, another ten women now have the possibility to gain a source of income with chickens. In addition to the eggs, which are used especially for the villagers’ own consumption, the chickens are also raised and sold.
The first chickens were purchased for 10 women. As there is little experience in keeping several chickens it will be crucial to accumulate and exchange knwoledge and experiences.