Jhimu, aged 47, lives in Bajura – one of the poorest regions in Nepal.
Jhimu joined a self-help group a few years ago, where she learned how to set up a kitchen garden to sell vegetables and supplement the family’s food. She quickly saw results and was able to pay money back to the group and cover the cost of her children’s education (three sons and one daughter).
In the second year, Jhimu was able to buy a plot of land to farm and the whole family started to work together on the land. In 2017, she had saved enough money, subsidised by another grant from the group, to open a grocery shop in the village.
She says, “My experience had a positive impact on involving women in agriculture. I believe that commitment, training and skills development in agriculture, better use of local knowledge, and support from my family, were the major factors of my success. I am very grateful to INF for its efforts that helped me improve the life of my family.”