Fisherfolk in Ramechhap district – one of the most exposed to drought – now earn USD 500 more than Nepal’s per capita income by selling vegetables.
Earlier the fisherfolk would earn less than NPR 12,000 (USD 115) per year selling fish, but now they are earning more than NPR 300,000 (USD 2,800) by selling vegetables, which is USD 500 more than Nepal’s per capita income.
As the community celebrated Dashain – Nepal’s biggest festival – this year they also welcomed the first power lines to the village, which have encouraged them to aim higher.
“We are doing well with the vegetables, but there’s good demand for maize here and we want to capitalise on it,” says Sammer Majhi. “We want to use electricity-powered pumps to irrigate our fields to grow maize,” he says.
While Majhi and his villagers celebrate, people from other settlements higher in the hills look on with awe. They also want their villages to rise out of poverty. Read More

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