A bright future with tomatoes

Sambhu Tamang carefully inspects the leaves of his tomato plants. “I can harvest tomatoes every three months,” he explains. Each harvest can earn him more than 50,000 Nepalese rupees (£320).

It was a different story five years ago when the 2015 earthquake destroyed his family home in Nuwakot, 75 km west of Kathmandu. A period of ill health had left Sambhu too weak to perform manual work and he was unable to raise enough money to rebuild his house. Sambhu was unsure of what the future held for him and his family of six.

With the help of the UK aid-funded Purnima programme, Sambhu was able to set up a small farm on his land and install a polytunnel and drip irrigation system. This has enabled him to grow 150 tomato plants which generate about 3 tonnes of fruit each year for him to sell.

Sambhu and his wife in front of their house which they have rebuilt following the 2015 earthquake

Purnima trained Sambhu on the installation and use of the irrigation system and supported his entrepreneurial spirit with advice on managing his business and record-keeping. Now with a steady income, Sambhu has been able to rebuild his house and is optimistic about the future. “I feel fortunate to be able to learn about this new technology and receive inputs from Purnima to start this farm,” he says proudly.

Sambhu and his family are just one of the 10,554 vulnerable households that Purnima has supported up to June 2020 as part of its livelihood support and economic recovery component. Purnima reaches the most vulnerable people affected by the April 2015 earthquake, to leave no one behind, providing support for economic and livelihood recovery, social empowerment and wellbeing. Purnima has also supported an additional 9,484 vulnerable people through its social empowerment component and assisted 7,250 households rebuild their homes damaged by the earthquake.