This is a story of Karna Bahadur Danuwar aged 51, a physically disabled person residing in Indrawati Rural Municipality-12, Bhimtar who got rapid transformation in the living condition through commercial farming supported by SAPPROS Nepal in partnership with CBM.
Karna was living happily with his wife, three daughters and a son. He owns three ropanies of land in which he cultivated rice, potato, blackgram, mustard and maize. Before the earthquake, he was engaged in subsistence farming and had also some livestock.
But, the devastating Nepal earthquake of April, 2015 left him empty handed with no shelter and grains within no time. All the animals were killed by earthquake and his house got completely destroyed. His bad days were not over yet. He met with a bus accident in Sanga Chowk, Chautara in which he got severe injury in his legs, back bone and his entire body was affected. He has steel rods in his right leg. He was known as ‘Kholte’ in his community as he uses crutch to walk. His only son also got injury in his backbone in the same accident. The boy could not sit or stand for a quite some time and do hard/heavy works. Both were immediately taken to Dhulikhel hospital and treatment is going on.
Karna was supported with one polyhouse for tomato cultivation and seeds for open field vegetable cultivation. He had participated in various training programs like saving and credit, vegetable cultivation, farm-yard manure, post-harvest technology, polyhouse etc. His family is very supportive to him.Though he showed interest in vegetable farming, there was insufficient water for irrigation within the area. For this, the project further constructed water harvesting tank in nearby field (Battar, Bhimtar) which irrigates 20 ropanies of agricultural land providing direct benefit to 30 households. With this, within a year, he earned NRs. 98,100 from vegetable production. He sold vegetables in Sipaghat market, shops in Bhimtar, in the community and to Shree Bhimeswori School, Bhimtar.
His earning helped him for the treatment of his son and himself and cover educational and other household expenses. He has also extended his polyhouse. He says, “I have added one more poly house and now I am growing tomatoes in that land.” He adds, “I have also got some savings in the nearby Indrawati saving and credit cooperative and local self- help group. I am really very pleased with the support provided by the project”
Within a span of 8 months, Karna has got rapid transformation in his livelihood through farming. He has turned himself into a leading commercial farmer within a short span of time. He has been a source of inspiration to the earthquake affected persons and people with disability. His neighbors praise him for his dedication in his work which proves that even a person with disability can do commercial agriculture activities provided strong commitment and support is there. Now a days people have positive attitude towards a person with disability in his community.