b'The well is part of a Heifer Nepal project to provide crop and livestock producers with the tools and support to improve their nutrition and income. Supporting agribusinesses like the Pashupatinagar farmers cooperativewith technical training, supplies and investment in infrastructure like wellsstrengthens producers self-reliance and their ability to participate in the vegetable value chain.This region is very fertile and we can produce copious quantities of vegetables, said Geeta B.K., the cooperatives manager. We are hoping to help more farmers become vegetable entrepreneurs.With the success of this first well, Heifer Nepal and the Pashupatinagar agribusiness are working together to construct similar wells in the region, each one a cost-efficient and simple Tara, far right, with fellow farmers inintervention equipped to serve 30 households.the community who now use the well. Because of their innovative efforts, Tara and her fellow farming families no longer search the For families already struggling to afford basicskies above to sustain their livelihoodsthey needsnutritious food, clean water, health care,look down, and find water at their fingertips.neducation and secure shelterunreliable rainfall often stands in the way of leading dignified lives.But this year, things are different. The local farmers cooperative to which Tara belongs partnered with Heifer Nepal to construct a 90-foot-deep well in the community. Equipped with hoses and electric motors to pump the groundwater, Tara and 30 other farming families now have a reliable water source to irrigate their vegetables year-round.With the help of this shallow well, I hope to make at least $295 profit from one kattha [a Nepali measurement around 3,650 square feet], she said.With her farm measuring 6 katthas, Tara could earn $1,770nearly $600 more than Nepals per capita income.CHINANEPALINDIA Kathmandu Terai region Pashupatinagar22| SUMMER 2022'