Heifer Nepal

Live in Rural Areas

Rely on Agriculture

Live Below the Poverty Line


Approximately 82 percent of Nepal’s population live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 66 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods and 29 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes.

Nepal ranks 145 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). About 25 percent of its 28.12 million people live below the poverty line, or $1.25 a day,
and 6 percent of its children under 5 are malnourished.

40882 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

Our Work In Nepal

Our 10 year (through 2023) goat and dairy value chain program complements the government's goal of poverty reduction and economic growth by strengthening small scale-farmers’ access to the goat meat and dairy value chains. The program focuses on wealth creation by strengthening farmer- owned cooperatives and promotion of goat meat and dairy production. By 2023, we will bring 500,000 families from a state of poverty and vulnerability to sustainability and resilience. We also seek to lower importation of goat meat and dairy by 50 percent and 25 percent respectively, thereby providing a larger market to local farmers.

Ram Pyari Tharu
Ram Pyari Tharu, Budhramia Tharu and Sarala Sharma Chaudhary, members of the Juneli Women’s Group in Madaha village.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Leadership training, Business acquisition

  • Increased Income

    High-quality livestock, Crop diversification Cooperatives, Value chain development

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Group savings

  • Nutrition

    Vegetable gardening, Nutrition training

  • Environment

    Natural resource management, Agroecology, Organic gardening, Biogas, Improved cookstoves

Programs and Projects

  • Strengthening Smallholder Enterprises of Livestock Value Chain for Poverty Reduction and Economic Growth in Nepal (SLVC)
  • Kisankalagi Unnat Biu-Bijan Karyakram (Improved Seeds for Farmers Program)
  • Evaluating the Welfare Impacts of a Livestock Transfer Program in Nepal
  • Providing Intermediate/Bridging Support to Flood and Landslide Victims in Heifer Project Areas

Project Partners


  • Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) Rotary Club of Patan
  • International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC)

Local Implementing Partners

  • Women Group Coordination Committee
  • Women for Change
  • Women's Culture Development Centre
  • Human and National Development Society
  • Fulvari Integrated Rural Development Organization
  • Help Society- Nepal
  • Rural Women Development Center
  • Bhimpokhara Youth Club
  • Community Welfare Program
  • Deepjyoti Youth Club
  • Heifer Project Nepal
  • Himalayan Community Development Forum
  • Mount Everest Social Development Organization
  • Rural Economic Development Association
  • Community Family Welfare Association
  • PRANN Nepal
  • Sindhuli Integrated Development Service Nepal
  • Dhanusha Sewa Samiti
  • Bajipokhari Integrated Co-Operation for Rural Development
  • Child Health & Environment Save Society Nepal-Kaski Paribartanshil Mahila Samudayik Bikas Samaj Multiple Service Center
  • Tharu Women Upliftment Center
  • Mallarnai Rural Development Concern Centre
  • Center for Integrated Rural Development
  • Bagmati Welfare Society, Nepal
  • Community and Rural Development Society Nepal
  • Sahayta Samajik Sanstha
  • Sustainable Resource Allocation and Management
  • Women for Women Forum
  • Centre for Agriculture Reform and Environment Development
  • Samudayik Bikas ka Lagi Sahayogi Hat Haru ko Samuha
  • Abhiyan Nepal
  • Prayas Nepal
  • Himalaya Rural Natural Management from Women Group
  • Surya Kiran Yuwa Samaj, Nepal
  • Indreni Rural Development Centre
  • Environmental Preservation Services for Development, Nepal
  • Oppressed Community Development Center
  • Mahila Upakar Munch
  • Nepal Women Community Service Center
  • Sundar Nepal Sanstha
  • Women Association for Marginalized Women
  • Women Cooperation Forum
  • Child Health & Environment Save Society Nepal Forum for Community Upliftment System – Nepal
  • Heifer Project Nepal
  • Community Improvement Center
  • Integrated Rural Development Society, Bardibas
  • Samadhan Nepal
  • Nepal Rural Self-Reliance Campaign
  • Sthaniya Sworojgar Kendra
  • Resource Identification and Management Society Nepal
  • Rural Self-reliance Development Movement
  • Jana Chetana Bikash Kendra, Kaski
  • People Development Mobilization Centre
  • Rural Empowerment Society, Damauli Tanahun Nepal
  • Jana Jagaran Mahila Sangh
  • Bheri Environmental Excellence Group
  • Action Nepal
  • Agriculture and Environment Preservation Forum
  • Diyalo Pariwar
  • Indreni Samaj Kendra
  • School of Energy and Environmental Development, Nepal
  • Madan Bhandari Memorial Academy
  • Pariwartan Nepal
  • Nepal Red Cross Society-Palpa
  • Tarai Dalit Development Forum (TDDF) Community Development Organization (CDO) Nepal Welfare Society
  • Jana Sewa Sangh
  • Dalit Welfare Association
  • NAMUNA Integrated Development Council
  • Delta Centre
  • Self Reliant Society Service Centre
  • Ghansikuwa Youth Club
  • Karnali Community Empowerment Project
  • Natural Resource Conservation Society Shanti Nepal


Heifer International Nepal

Heifer International Nepal

G.P.O. Box 6043, Kathmandu

T: 977-1-2121112

F: 977-1-5250873

E: heifer.nepal@heifer.org

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