In Nepal’s remote, mountainous Taplejung district, Pemba Doma Sherpa harvests vegetables from her fields on a steep hillside. She sells her produce at the local market twice a week, providing enough money to support her family and send her two daughters to private school.
However, Pemba’s finances weren’t always so secure. She used to work as a daily wage laborer, which didn’t provide consistent, adequate income for her family and made them more vulnerable to economic shocks.
Ten years ago, Pemba learned about Suaahara – or “good nutrition” in Nepali – a partnership between Helen Keller Intl and USAID. Here, she learned agricultural best practices and gained the seeds and tools she needed to develop her own farm. In addition to being able to provide nutritious foods for her family, the income from her surplus produce sales provided stability for her and her family. She became a role model for other female farmers in her community. Here’s her story.
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