Pig Farming Transforms Lives

Bhimmati Sherpuja

Dhaulagiri Rural Municipality
Ward No. 1, Myagdi District

Bhimmati and her husband were daily wage laborers and supported their family of seven with their earnings. Providing for such a big family with limited means is obviously a challenge.

In 2013, GNI Nepal sponsored one of their children which eased their
financial burden to some extent. In 2015, Bhimmati joined a GNI Nepal
funded cooperative and participated in a four-day entrepreneurship
training. Later, she also participated in the pig-raising training program organized by GNI Nepal. She started a farm with four piglets at a total investment of NRs. 60,338 (Grant: NRs. 14,481; Loan from cooperative: NRs. 21,722; and her investment: NRs. 24,135). Unfortunately, one piglet died after a while but she continued undeterred.

She makes NRs. 70,000-90,000 annually which is enough to meet all household, health, and educational expenses of her children. Bhimmati has paid off all loans borrowed for starting the pig-farm. She saves NRs. 150 per month and holds shares worth NRs. 17,000 at a local cooperative. Bhimmati is glad as she is economically productive and running a viable small-scale enterprise.

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