The Generating Opportunities in Agriculture and Livelihoods II (GOAL II) project empowers vulnerable people, in rural Nepal, by improving income generating opportunities. The participants engage in entrepreneurship education, leadership development, and promotion of gender equality, helping participants to adopt climate relevant practices to increase agricultural productivity and resilience.
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
Increasing Livelihood Opportunities – How is ADRA helping?
Nepal is one of many countries where ADRA is helping to improve income opportunities for families and individuals, helping to lift them out of poverty.
We have ongoing livelihood projects that have been developed in collaboration with trusted partners and communities to build more sustainable lives which in turn creates food security and keeps children in school. Examples of ADRA livelihoods project activities include:
– Training on effective planting and harvesting techniques
– Animal rearing training
– Business opportunities for people with disabilities
– Educating farmers on the safe use of pesticides
– Introducing new seed varieties and climate-resilient crops
– Increased access to markets
– Village savings and loans associations, Women’s Self-Help group
– Improved diet and nutrition from new crops
When Bhagwati’s husband became physically disabled nine years ago, her life was thrown into uncertainty. Suddenly, Bhagwati had to provide for her two children. “We did not have enough food, and we often ran out of money,” she says. Bhagwati began to see her life slipping away and her children’s futures threatened. But she refused to give up. “I was determined to gain some skills and improve my life. ADRA’s training taught me tailoring skills and how to run a small business.”
The transformation in Bhagwati’s life is inspirational. She has fought every day to improve her family’s wellbeing. She has also generously helped others. “Whatever skills I have learned, I teach them to others so they can learn,” Bhagwati says. But while her life now is unrecognisable from nine years ago, Bhagwati is terrified of her children becoming stuck in the cycle of poverty. She desperately wants them to get an education and see them succeed and have a brighter future.