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Sunakhari is a member of the PHASE livelihood farmers group in Mugu and has seen great results since joining. Previously, Sunakhari worked all day every day to produce food for her family, but due to the harsh climate in the Far West of Nepal, it became difficult for her to produce enough food to feed her family of eight throughout the year.  

However, having received training on vegetable farming and kitchen garden managementshe is now able see change in her garden. She shares, “The training on how to manage my kitchen garden was so helpful. I can now produce a variety of vegetables and have improved my way of keeping seedlings and taking care of them. For the first time I have been able to produce cabbage and capsicums in my kitchen garden. Before, I couldn’t produce enough food for my children and family. I used to try to protect my vegetables from cold, wind and snow, but very little would survive. Through the training I have received, I can now prepare compost manure with household garbage and weeds for the garden, which are cheap but also help my garden to flourish.” 

Sunakhari has two daughters and has been receiving regular health advice and health checkups for herself and her children. She shares, “Now it’s easy for me to practice health advice safely. I mix green spinach into baby food, which has helped them to grow much stronger. Whenever I go to health post, I measure their weight and they are growing healthy.” 

Delighted with her gardening success, she further shares, “Seeing the good yield in the kitchen garden, I am planning to start a small-scale vegetable farm. Recently, I started mushroom farming, which I am planning to sell locally. As a result of this training, we as a family are finally happy and can produce enough vegetables on our own land!” 

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