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The oldest member of her family, Basandari Adhikari still likes tending to cows, goats and the garden. She knows the success of this family’s business depends on every member.
Gauri Adhikari of Nepal’s Suntalabari village is a community animal health worker, meaning she spends her days teaching families how to care for goats, cows and chickens. If an animal gets sick, Gauri’s neighbors trust her to make the animal better.
Goma Adhikari of Pokhara gathers hay with help from her husband, Bhagwan.
Passing on the Gift has become a habit for members of a self-help group in Nepal’s Nawalparasi district. So far, they’ve shared eight generations of goats with neighbors in need.
Through Heifer trainings, Harimaya Adhikari learned sustainable methods for growing bitter gourds, cucumbers, beans and other vegetables. Her garden produces more than her family can eat, so she sells the surplus.
Krishna Maya Paudel, president of the Sundar Bagaicha self-help group in the Kaski region, treats her goats to licks on a homemade mineral block. Made with red mud, salt, eggshells and wheat flour, the blocks protect against illness and malnutrition.
Maan Kumari B. Ka and Shova B. Ka package and weigh fresh beans from Lahachowk village farmers to take to sell at market.
Sharmila Adhikari of Lahachowk village, Pokhara, says there’s not enough medical care in her village. She plans to one day fi ll that void when she becomes a doctor.
Sita Adhikari of Pokhara babies her tomato garden with water, sunshine and organic compost made with manure. The garden flourishes, producing so much fruit that selling it brings in enough money for her daughter to go to school.
Sumitra Wagle of Nepal’s Nawalparasi district knows she won’t be able to hold her young goat kid much longer. elective breeding has signifi cantly increased the size and hardiness of her goats.
Yamuna Kander, a member of the Bright Future youth club in Suntalabari village, said Heifer trainings about caring for the environment made a real difference. Members now organize monthly cleaning campaigns to keep their village tidy.
Heifer’s approach is an especially good fit in Nepal, where two-thirds of the population makes a living through subsistence agriculture.
Micheline Matang checks on her pigs in their pen.
Heifer Africa Area Program Vice President Elizabeth Bintliff (center) dances with Heifer staff and traditional dancers outside the Fon of Nseh's palace.
People gather in Nseh for a Passing On the Gift ceremony.
Pandop Olga, 16 (center), and her brothers Faove Ninnone, 12 (left), and Kendieng Desmond, 10, do homework.
Marthe Nombop (center) and her daughters Supuwa Binnette, 18 (left), and Pandop Olga, 16, head out to work in their cornfield.
Marthe Nombop fills her chickens' water dispensers.
During four decades of work, Heifer Cameroon has helped more than 50,000 farming families.