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Traditional community-based fish farming may involve two or more families heading out into a public pond or river with a net, catching fish, and serving it as part of a daily meal, and selling excess fish in the local market. Oftentimes, the nets are too small, have holes and/or the techniques used by the families yield in an inadequate number of fish caught, not to mention the type of fish or whether it disturbs the local ecosystem for natural re-generation. Skill development training in fish farming will teach stakeholders and associated members of the project on how to run a balanced eco-system which will constantly generate enough catch, not only to feed families of the stakeholders and their associates, but also to generate additional income via the sale of catch.

Hoste Hainse transports buffalo milk from the Village Development Committee (VDC) of Padariya, in the Sarlahi District of Central Nepal to the closest city Malangwa. Every day, villagers bring their to-be-sold buffalo milk to our Padariya school after the first milking round in the morning. There, we buy and collect the milk in large canisters and load them into a vehicle. A driver transports and delivers the collected milk to the Milk Depot (milk chilling center) in Chettraghatta, Malangwa, where it is sold for a small profit of NPR 10 per liter.


Further, Hoste Hainse has been operating income generation programs in Sarlahi for the last 10+ years, primarily via the Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF). The programs via PAF, although smaller in scale, have given Hoste Hainse enough experience to run income generation programs. Our PAF Programs have included chicken, duck, goat and buffalo keeping, irrigation management, tailoring, shopkeeping, and also fish farming. Because of our experience in fish farming via PAF projects, we were able to successfully start our project.


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