In Nepal, agricultural production and farm income are low. One factor limiting production on small farms is access to water for irrigation. Family members must often carry water by hand, sometimes over long distances. Crops dependent on hand irrigation usually produce substantially lower yields, reducing family nutrition and income. Opportunities exist for farmers to earn more by growing the high value crops consumers demand, but they must have access to the water those crops require.
Your gift will purchase one family's share in a community water system to support small scale production of high value crops like fruits and vegetables. In addition to providing water for irrigation, your gift will furnish water for household uses – drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Better access to water will lead to increased food production, improved nutrition, and greater income and stability for Nepalese families.