Help communities achieve greater prosperity and food security, increase opportunities for youth and women, and reduce the risks of natural disasters.
Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with nearly a third of citizens living below the national poverty line — less than U.S. $0.25 per day — and another third living on less than $2 per day. Frequent natural disasters like earthquake and floods are especially devastating to families with few resources to protect themselves and recover. Half of Nepal's population are youth, and 90 percent of them are unemployed. Young women must often work at home or marry early, preventing them from finishing school and keeping families locked in a cycle of poverty.
- Agriculture & Food: Improving incomes of smallholder farmers with the production of high-value crops like ginger, cardamom and potato
- Economic opportunity: Increasing access to loans and savings for marginalized people in remote areas
- Women & Gender: Teaching financial literacy so women can develop and expand their small businesses
- Disaster preparedness: Training communities to identify risks, build protections against floods, and educate residents on emergency response and coordination
- Education: Helping girls stay in school and connecting them with skills and opportunities to find jobs and start businesses
All stories about Nepal
Nepal: Where the river brings life, it can also bring death June 18, 2011
Krishna Bahadur Giri is standing thigh-deep in the swollen Mohana River, studying the best place to cross. The road we were going to use is washed out; Plan B is to turn our Jeep into an amphibious vehicle.
Nepal: Janaki Bhatta in Samaijee village, Nepal June 16, 2011
With support from a Mercy Corps program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Food Crisis Response, Janaki is working hard to make her farm more productive.
Nepal: To combat hunger, Janaki learns new ways to grow, store and sell June 16, 2011
I’m pretty sure Bill Gates hasn’t met Janaki Bhatta. But I’m just as sure he’d see in her a kindred spirit — a feisty entrepreneur who’s taking some smart steps to increase her yields of aloo (potato) and audha (ginger) — and the income she earns from them.
Nepal: Just a quick note on the story below about workers leaving Nepal June 15, 2011
Our friend Bal Joshi, who's involved in the remittances business here in Nepal — making it possible for people to send money home — told me that each month, there are 18,000 young people (18 to 30) who leave Nepal in search of work.
Nepal: Khadga Ramtel in Katwalguan village June 15, 2011
Mercy Corps’ Khadga Ramtel, a monitoring and evaluation officer for our agricultural and infrastructure work, talks with women in the village of Katwalguan.
Nepal: When your man goes to India June 15, 2011
The Nepali women we’ve been talking to don’t complain. Or not like I imagine most of us would if we were faced with the hardships they endure — on their own — every day. They live a long way from any services or resources.
Nepal: A grueling life on top of the world June 13, 2011
Yes, Nepal is so, so beautiful.
Nepal: Upheaval is unsettling, but it brings the possibility of change, and peace June 10, 2011
Nepal: It's hard to see your country slide backwards June 9, 2011
Last night we had tea with our friend Bal, a Nepali entrepreneur who has a remittances and web portal business here in Kathmandu. He told us how hard it was to see Nepal going backwards. The roads in the capital are deeply rutted and eroded.
Nepal: Bamboo and bio-engineering interventions for mitigation of riverbank erosion April 27, 2011
Floods are a major hazard in Nepal contributing to endemic poverty, an occurrence that is likely to increase and magnify due to climate change.