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Video by Geoff Oliver Bugbee

Mahendra Lohani, vice president of Heifer's Asia and South Pacific Programs, led a recent trip to Nepal and China to show new CEO Pierre Ferrari the successes and challenges of Heifer's current projects.

In the above video, Lohani describes the Nepal leg of the trip, emphasizing a new focus on income and enterprise development by larger groups, or cooperatives, made up of women with years of experience and success in smaller self-help groups.

"It's a beautiful balance of social mobilization, empowerment, and at the same time improvement of the income and nutrition of the families," Lohani said. "We can see a lot of families have already come out of poverty" and are looking for the next step toward prosperity.


Donna Stokes

Donna Stokes is the managing editor of World Ark magazine. She has worked for Heifer International since September 2008 when she leaped over to the nonprofit world from a two-decade career in newspaper journalism.