Heifer International Nepal

Goat Abattoir in Public-Private-Producer-Partnership Model

With Heifer's support and mediation, community leaders in Butwal, Nepal, agreed to start operating the first modern goat abattoir in the Himalayan nation’s fifth province.  

A disagreement between the Sub-Metropolitan and the Meat Entrepreneurs Association left the abattoir non-operational since its construction three year ago. Heifer Nepal brought the sides together, along with ...

Heifer International Nepal Launches Project to Strengthen Smallholder Enterprises of Livestock Value Chain

May 9, Kathmandu, Nepal: Heifer International Nepal launched the second phase of its flagship project Strengthening Livestock Enterprises in Livestock Value Chain (SLVC II). The event saw the presence of dignitaries including representatives from the Government of Nepal, bi and multilateral donors, INGOs, universities, farmers, bank and financial institutions, media and Heifer staff. The SLVC I...

Heifer Nepal Hosts Workshop to Scale Feeding and Health Management Technologies for Enhanced Dairy Animal Production

Heifer Nepal organized a results-sharing workshop on “Feeding and Health Management for Enhanced Dairy Animal Production” in late March.

A key objective was to share the results of research projects. The studies are called “Feeding Support Tool Development for Enhancing Dairy Animal Productivity for Improved Livelihood of Smallholder Dairy Farmers” and “Improving Dairy Animal Producti...

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Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk ratione...

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Every family who receives a gift of livestock and training is motivated to pass on the same to another family in need. This helps maximize resources and gives families the dignity and compassion they need to overcome their mental state of poverty.

Heifer encourages its participants to focus on fulfilling one’s accountability rather than to demand for one’s rights. Valuing what you can do for the community rather than focusing on the reverse creates a favorable environment to initiate social and economic change.

Heifer believes that global problems can be solved if all people are committed to sharing what they have and caring about others. Heifer promotes sharing and caring to aide in solving hunger and poverty and caring for the earth.

Heifer’s projects aim to make communities socially and economically self-reliant by encouraging the community itself to design and lead project activities. Heifer’s investment in physical inputs, capacity building and technical strengthening strive for sustainability.

Taking rural farm communities from subsistence to resilience means increasing its livestock and agricultural productivity. Heifer does this through inputs, trainings and institution building.

Increased income fosters better nutrition and good nutrition is required to be able to work to gain better income. Heifer works to promote both through its projects and focuses on equitable distribution of income and nutrition amongst family and community.

Heifer is a partner to people who truly need an opportunity to improve the quality of their lives and who can benefit from modest support. Participants are encouraged to understand genuine need while making decisions and ensure that decisions made are just.

Heifer’s projects promote gender equity by choosing women as primary participants through whom project inputs and trainings are given. Men and women share in decision-making, ownership of the Heifer animals, labor and the benefits of projects.

Heifer understands that there can be no sustainability without protecting and improving the environment. This is especially crucial for the families it works with who are largely dependent on natural resources.

Although Heifer works through women, it encourages full participation from the family and community to achieve impacts. Improving social capital to increase full participant is one of the keys to achieving sustainable holistic development.

Heifer uses training as a means of spreading general awareness, providing education, building capacity and empowering communities. Group members share the knowledge received from the trainings with their families and community members leading the way towards holistic community development.

Spirituality is common to all people and groups, regardless of their religion or beliefs. Heifer promotes spirituality through its values, beliefs about the value and meaning of life, a sense of connectedness to the earth and a shared vision of the future.


Everything starts with desire for a better life and a better world.


Kamala Bhandari – Bloomed Out of Cocoon

Kamala, 4O of Dhurkot, Gulmi had a small tea stall in her village which failed to provide her with income she needed to run a family while her husband was involved in labor work in India. This forced her to take loan of NPR. 30,000 at a high interest rate. After a need assessment, Kamala received 9 does from Heifer’s project along with trainings like Cornerstone, gender, improved animal managem...

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Drip Irrigation and Kitchen Garden: Innovation for Family Nutrition and Income

Farmers in Dhungrekhola, Nepal experience drought from January to May each year. This seriously limits agricultural production and leads to land being left fallow after harvesting the monsoon crops. During this dry period, only small areas are planted with winter crops. Most of the water sources remain dry and irrigation from rivers and streams are inadequate for vegetables and other crops. Thi...

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Self Help Group (SHG) Saving for Women’s Sustainability and Resilience

In the history of Heifer projects, SHG (self-help group) saving fund is regarded as one of the major activity contributing to the five domains of Theory of Change "Social Capital" for sustainable improvement in the socio-economic status and well-being of these groups. These groups of micro-entrepreneurs from identical social and economic backgrounds voluntarily come together to save regular sma...

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