In Indrawati, a remote mountain region seven hours north of Kathmandu on the Tibet border, HDFA’s Seeds of Hope initiative is helping to alleviate poverty by empowering poor families to establish new commercial crops.
We want these families to be able to afford to send their children to school, to break the illiteracy-poverty cycle and tackle the risks of child marriage and human trafficking which are endemic to the region.
High yield, high nutrition
Mushrooms, tomatoes and citrus fruits have been specially identified as nutritious, high yield crops with good local market demand, suited to the hilly terrain.
A successful pilot program has demonstrated the potential of these new mini farms.
More than 100 small citrus orchards have already been planted. We have also helped 200 of the very poorest families establish greenhouses to grow a greater variety of all-season crops to feed their families.
The next phase involves rolling out mushroom plots and beginning to build in micro-financing to achieve a ripple effect and give more families the capacity to farm commercially and earn a more significant income.