A new life for two families in Nepal – the Pandit family

Stories | April 4, 2022

People with disabilities and their families living in poverty face many challenges just to survive. From finding the right health care to paying for medication, to trying to earn a living, everything costs precious time and money. These families are often living hand to mouth. When disaster strikes, the consequences can be catastrophic.

When two families living in rural Nepal found themselves in this situation, a CBM-supported local project changed their lives forever.

The Pandit family work together to grow a new life

Rishiram Pandit was born with an intellectual disability. He lives in rural Nepal with his family. The family’s only income came from his father’s work as a casual farm labourer, and every day was a struggle to feed the family. When COVID-19 hit, life became even harder for the Pandit family, but it was all about to change.

The family heard about the arrival of a CBM-supported local project in their community to help people with disabilities improve their livelihoods. The project had a COVID-response program, which was perfect for the struggling Pandit family. Rishiram also joined the local Self-Help Group (SHG) and his mother, Radhika, was appointed vice chairperson.

Radhika had expressed interest in vegetable farming. Through the SHG, she received training on business plan preparation, lobby advocacy, and nursery keeping. The program also provided funds for a greenhouse, which now produces tomato, cucumber, pumpkin and chilli peppers. She sells her vegetables at a local market, which provides much-needed money to support her family. Putting her new-found knowledge to good use, Radhika has also expanded her business through open farming – leasing huge areas of land for vegetable farming.

Radhika is very grateful for the support she and her family has received from the program.

“We are happy to get a greenhouse and seeds support from the program as we have been doing agriculture for a long time, and now we are able to earn from it. It has made our daily life to survive more easier,” said Radhika.

CBM acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) for this project,

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