I connected with old friend and colleague Dipendra Joshi to learn about the outcomes of the Nepal Goat Project that we started years ago while we were both with Namlo International. After launching literacy programs in Dhuskun and helping them to form a cooperative association, Namlo had invested in the construction of a community building – built mostly by the women – for the Dhuskun Women’s group, so it could serve as a business incubator for women entrepreneurs
For the Nepal Goat Project project, we invested $158,336 over three years, which covered the cost of goats, improved goat pens, dipping tanks, seeds for improved fodder, and training for the women. We also trained a woman as a para-veterinarian, with the hopes of having her employed on an ongoing basis by earning fees from the women participating in the project. The project was also based on the concept of “paying it forward”, and required the initial participants to donate at least one of the goat offspring to another needy woman in the community, so ultimately 144 women participated, with a total of 785 family members directly impacted.
With the $158,336 initial investment, here’s what happened:
- The women earned $215,969 from the sale of some of their goats
- A total of 1,122 goats, valued at $194,156 remain as valuable assets for the women who usually sell their goats when there is the biggest demand and best price e.g. during national holidays and festivals like New Years, Tihar and Dashain
- At the start of the project, the average annual income of the women was $125 and after the project it averaged $846.
- The women have been using the money to support their children’s education, improve their families’ health with medicines and clothing, improving their kitchens and contributing to the women’s co-op, which enables them to secure low-interest loans for other projects and needs they have.
- A quick Return on Investment Shows:
- Amount invested: $153,336
- Amount returned: $410,125
- Timeframe: 5 years
- Investment gain: $256,789
- ROI: 167.47
- Annualized ROI: 21.75
Based on this success of this initiative in Dhuskun, Dipendra would like to replicate the project in another community in Nepal called Shyangha in Tanahu District with an initial two-year budget of $46,650. Dipendra’s NGO (non-governmental organization) is now called DSCBD or “The Dedicated Society for Broad Development” and is officially registered as a Nepal NGO. As Namlo International has closed its operations earlier this year, we are looking to carry on the work with Dipendra in Nepal as he has proven that his work with the leadership of women’s groups produces solid, tangible, quantifiable results in improving their quality of life. A tax-deductible donation to this project is a solid investment in a well-run operation that improves the lives of rural families in Nepal. If you are looking to get involved in high-impact economic development, education, and infrastructures to help people overseas, please consider donating and supporting these initiatives.
“Namaste! my name is Sita Neupane. I am from Dhuskun 1, in Sindhupalchok District. We are 5 members in our family. Before we started to work with Namlo/DSCBD we didn’t have any ideas on to make money; even we couldn’t write or read. We requested to NI/DSCBD for a literacy program for the women’s group. The Literacy program helped us to learn to read, write and to learn many new things. Out of the many projects supported by NI/DSCBD- goat project has been very useful for individual households. I also received training on goat farming and then received economic support to build an improved goat pen. After I improved our goat pen, I received one female goat from NI/DSCBD in 2016. In 2017, I had 3 mother goats and 5 kids. Out of 5 kids I gifted one to a new member. Then in 2018, I had 4 mother goats, 4 male goats and 6 kids. I sold 4 male goats and earned $225, so I earned $900.00. In 2019 I had 6 mother goats, 5 male goats and 9 kids. I sold 5 male goats and earned $1,165.00 in total. So this project has been helping me to manage my personal expenses, education for my children, medicines and clothes for us.”