Hathani Tharuni, 35 years old single woman, is living with her two daughters in a landless settlement of Khaireni VDC of Chitwan district. Illiterate Hathani is solely responsible to feed her family after her husband death on an accident. She was grappling with poverty and wages made from labor is only means to solve hand to mouth problem of her family.
Multi Dimensional Resource Centre Nepal (MRC Nepal) under the financial support of OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) had implemented a project entitled "Efficient Land Management for Socio-economic Enhancement in Southern Nepal" from April, 2012 to May, 2014 in three districts (Bara, Makwanpur and Chitwan) of central Nepal. The main objectives of this project was to increase the area under cultivation by utilizing marginal and unutilized flood affected land and to enhance rural livelihood through the promotion of appropriate farming technology.
Bikramiya Chaudary, 45 years old, is a pro poor farmer of Chitwan district of Nepal. Her family is food sufficiency below six months from their own production. For remaining months and for other expenses they are compelled to go to landlord or outside the village in search for daily wages. She was involved in the group under the program “Efficient Land Management for Socio-economic Enhancement in Southern Nepal” implemented by MRC Nepal in the financial assistance of OPEC/OFID.
Mrs. Pramila Devi Paswan, 34 from Haraiya-6 Bara, was facing daily problems to sustain her 10 dependent family members. Uneducated family with only source of income from her driver husband was hardly enough to put food for their family. To sustain the livelihood she practiced traditional farming by cultivating rice and maize in their respective season, besides keeping the land fallow rest of the time.
With proper training and guidance Mrs. Nau Maya Gurung became a dedicated farmer producing off season organic vegetables. Her only income generating activities was to produce liquor in home, which was not appreciated by the community. Now the changes in her work nature has not only changed the purpose of drum to make Geetimaal (organic pesticides), she has transformed herself into a exemplary individual in the community.
Mr Jaya Bahadur Syintan, a 38 year old resident of a rural village in Makawanpur district in Nepal, introduced himself as a "landless poor having no family members, a flood affected victim". Seven months before the interview, Jaya was troubled by a heavy cough and fever and noticed an uncharacteristic distaste for food. The symptoms progressively worsened to the point that he lost nearly a third of his body weight within six months.
A 36 year old Mr. Bhupendra Pulami Magar (Janjati) husband of Mrs. Yam Kala Pulami Magar of vegetable model farm producer in Dasharathpur VDC Ratatar, Surkhet expressed with great happiness of getting unexpected and attractive income from cucumber planted in early March 2012 in about 400m2 area of very marginal land degraded river bed.
Bishnu Maya Shrestha, inhabitant of Haraiya-6 in Bara district, faced much difficulty because of limited financial resources. Her husband, who had gone to Malaysia to earn for the family, fell ill and had to return to Nepal. The family, with two children going to school, faced the lack of enough income to maintain their livelihood.