Sita's patience and her belief in organic farming were the foundations for her to rise from humble farmer to an expert.
Sita Nepal, a 45 year old woman from Chandeni, Kavre, own 2 ropani of land. She is the only bread earner in the family of 7 members. She got a marrid at an early age of 17 and from the time of marriage, she was engaged into cultivation with her husband.
Destructive earthquake of 25th April 2015 made her homeless and compel to live in a makeshift. As a relief, various programs were conducted in her area, among them WOREC conducted orientation programs regarding building up self esteem. This influencedher daily life and encouraged her to participate in 2 days training of seasonal and off seasonal vegetable cultivation.
Like most of other farmers,Sita previously cultivated her fields using conventional methods with plenty of fertilizer and pesticides. This had consequences: the soil on her fields was drained of nutrients. Vegetable cultivation is main source of her livelihood but the declining production and income was a cause of great worry for her.
Few days of training changed her life as she learned various skills. She got motivated when she received seeds after the training. She followed the techniques from the training. She initiated to harvest cucumber, chillym, bitter guard, pumpkin and tomato in her field and sold in the market. She was able to catch early market nearby Kunta (market place of Chandeni).
By the end of 5 months of cultivation, she earned 1 lakh 50 thousand through those crops. Among the various crops she said “it was from the cucumber I earned more profit. After earthquake, fortunately the source of water has been opened and now I do have enough water for irrigation." Further, she added “I am very happy that my field and soil is becoming healthy through organic farming. Before the training my annual income was only 20-30 thousand but now see I earn 20-30 thousand per month. It’s all just because I got the opportunity to learn the method of cultivation and organic farming."