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Nepal: Cultivate the future

Surja Bishwokarma, a landless woman, with her goats, in Siradi village, Dadeldhura. Oxfam helped poor farmers produce more crops and livestock and establish a co-operative to sell them.

Funding target: £150,000

Year 1 of a 3 year project
Rural Nepalese women face widespread discrimination and poverty with few economic opportunities. With your support, Oxfam can help women establish their own agricultural and livestock businesses to increase their status and incomes.

About the project

Help rural women to grow and earn more and increase their status in the community

This three-year project will improve livelihood options for rural families by enhancing women's economic leadership and agricultural and livestock knowledge across 27 communities in the mid-and far- western regions of Nepal. Oxfam will support women's development as agricultural trainers and entrepreneurs to increase their yields and incomes. Alongside local partner organisations we will also facilitate women's greater involvement in local-level decision making.

With your support we aim to:

  • Increase women farmers' production and earnings, through more effective farming methods, better irrigation and improved agricultural and veterinary support;
  • Promote women's economic leadership through the development of farmers' co-operatives and providing business training;
  • Support women to campaign for their right to livelihoods, health care, and government support.

Who will benefit

10,800 people will directly benefit from increasing their food production, improved incomes, knowledge and status. Indirectly, 40,000 women will benefit from the implementation of more female-friendly district policies.

How we are helping

Lucy's story

 We are united and have learnt to work together in a group. We have come to know about our rights and our entitlements. Women state their opinions in front of common forums without any hesitation. Before, we just compromised with everything and didn't speak up even if we were not happy about certain decisions.

Sashikala Basnet, 64, is a small-scale farmer, living with her family of six in Maintada village, Surkhet district. She and her daughter-in-law, Devikala, benefited from a women's group, established in 2011 with Oxfam's support. The group explored issues that affect them, such as women's rights and discrimination. The group has played a transformational role in the lives of women in the community who are now confident to speak out and demand what they are entitled to.

Photo: Shofiul Islam/Pollisree

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.3MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards helping people in Nepal make a living. Get in touch to find out how you can help.


Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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