One Step toward Economic Empowerment

One Step toward Economic Empowerment

Devatiya Devi Ram, who is 35 years old, belongs to a poor Dalit (untouchable) family of Raghunathpur, Rautahat and she is the President of Ganga Jamuna Goat Group. She has five family members - 2 sons, 1 daughter, husband, and herself.

Her husband works as a daily wage laborer in different cities of Nepal. She, herself, works in other's fields as a daily wage farmer to meet her daily expenses and to send her kids to school. Life was very difficult and troublesome for her and she was waiting for a positive change to happen in her life. Meanwhile, ELIVES project was launched in her village and under this project she joined the Ganga Jamuna Goat Group. The community selected her as the president of the group where she participated in various trainings related to improving goat production and productivity. She also joined the Business Literacy Class (BLC); this was for the first time that she joined any literacy class. In the BLC she learned the alphabet and basic numerical calculations using a calculator and how to prepare a business plan.

After joining the class, she became motivated to improve her goat business. Before, she had only two goats, but through the ELIVES project she improved her goat shed and bought 4 female goats; now she has 12goats in total. She applies all the learning acquired from the BLC and goat group trainings to enhance her business and livelihood. Within the past six months she earned NPR 25,000 ($234.41) goats. She says that from goat farming one can earn around NRs 100,000 ($937.63) yearly; hence in future she plans to add more goats for commercial purpose with the support of her husband. She says that she will invest the income in the studies of both sons and daughter equally as she knows that education plays an important role in one's life.