People's Stories

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Ownership is mine, now I am not landless

Som Maya Bhandari of Helambu Rural Municipality ward no 2, kiul is a stereo typical example of women being a mere object of patriarchal society. She and her family of 5 were amply affected by the quake her mother in law was deceased in the disaster. Her husband being an alcoholic all the families responsibility came on the shoulders of bhandari. Quake had affected their income as well. Trouble was increasing in alarming rate. Regular skirmishes in home resulted in her children bunking school on regular basis. Bhandari adds "If it wasn't for my children I would long left the house,


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Distress of land being sold without my consent is over

Konu kumari karki and her family of 5 are one of the typical examples of rural families of Nepal. Like other's Kumari family was also affected by massive earthquake of 2015. Konu shares "Our ward was worst hit by quake. Death toll was highest in our area. Few days were spent in despair and empty stomach. Tarpaulin was shelter for 3 houses during that period. As relief from agencies and government arrived we upgraded to transitional shelter of our own"

Farmers of Helambu rural municipality ward 7; Ichok had horrendous sufferings from quake. Konu also being one of


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My Journey from Victim to Social Leader

I am Patali Thami. I was born in a poor family in small village of Sindhupalchok district and was deprived of having basic rights including right to food. Although I was keen to study at school but my parents could not send me school due to the poverty. I was compelled to work with land owners' farms as a wage labor. I used to get Rs 400 as return to my labor. However, the amount remained insufficient to run my family members. So my father used to work as a mason in the village. One day my mother went to district headquarters to busy some necessary household materials. However, she d


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Landless Minor Acquired Land Rights Certificate

Santosh Nagarkoti of Helambu Rural Municipality ward no 2 , Kiul became an orphan at a very small age after his farther untimely died in 2006 and his mother got second marriage. Santosh took all the responsibilities such as her education, health, care and others of his small sister. He shared "At age of 7 I had whole responsibilities of my sister including I had to do household chores. But no one was ready to provide jobs to us in our home town. For my sister's future I decided to work in Chowmein factory in Kathmandu with steady income and good family life was slowly starting to co


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Landless Flood Victims Ensure Access to Land

There was a village of 33 landless households in Guleriya municipality-4 of Bardiya district. The landless people had been living there since 1987. The land where they were living remained unregistered and belonged to government. The landless farmers were struggling to get land rights certificate for long. However, due to the apathy of government's officials they were deprived of having access to land. Meanwhile, the DLR, Bardiya formed a village level land rights forum (VLRF) in 2006. Since then the VLRF had been continuously working for claiming their access to land through collect


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Agro-based Enterprises Change the Life Style of Mushahar Families

The 63 Mushahar families of Golbazar municipality of Siraha district did not have their own land for cultivation. They were serving lives by working as wage labor. The money they earned was just enough to feed them every day.

During the time a project was developed to support these Musahar families with vegetable farming. Many were skeptical about the result it would bring. All (63) Musahar families of Musarniya, Bhangbaari and Nipane of Golbazaar municipality in the district were identified for commercial vegetable farming in 4.1 hectare of land where each fami


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Self-Sustaining through Agro Based Enterprises

Ranamaya Katuwal aged 56 is a permanent resident of Sukoshi Rural Municipality-8 in Okhaldhunga district. She did not have any source of income before 2012. Rana Maya was completely dependent with her husband's and sons' income. She affiliated at Samabeshi VLRF of her Tole in 2012 as a member. She participated every meeting of VLRF and discussed about the problem of village. She was acquainted on the problem of landless people and importance of agro-based enterprises through the meeting.

"The DLRF members came to our meeting one day and asked us if we were interested in cond