Goat farming enabling livelihood sustenance

Shyam Bahadur, 53, a resident of Raluka, Tadi rural municipality – 2 in Nuwakot district lives with his wife and a daughter and are one amongst many who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I did not have any option to work and was worried about how we could manage the daily household needs,” said Shyam. He lost his seasonal labour job due to the pandemic.

Shyam was selected as one of the target beneficiaries for quick income recovery support in coordination with Tadi Palika and Purnima programme.  After assessing the vulnerability situation of Shyam, his interest and recommendation of inclusive self-help group, Purnima, through its Leave no one behind component, provided income generating support. He was supported with three goats for goat farming. Local technician from Purnima provided technical support and made provision for livestock insurance even during the COVID-19 lockdown. Regular technical knowledge and skills for productive goat rearing, including feeding, breeding, caring and prevention from disease and parasite were also provided to him.

Today, he and his family are happily involved in goat farming. Two goats have given birth to three baby female goats. Recently, he sold two goats and earned NPR 13,000, which is helping him in fulfilling his household needs. He now has five healthy goats. “I can earn a minimum of NPR 50,000 in a year from goat farming,” says Shyam confidently.

Shyam had lost hope when his source of income was affected. However, now he is confident to sustain his livelihood and hopes for a decent income in future with expansion of livestock farming. “I am very grateful to Purnima for motivating me to boost my confidence and for engaging me in economic recovery activities and sustain our livelihood even in very hard situation,” said Shyam. Purnima has linked Shyam with relevant local service providers to receive needed services and marketing as well.