Bhattidanda Women's Co-operative

Buffalo Buffalo

Bhattidanda Womens Co-operative

The women's group with their Buffalo milk supplies

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Water buffalo in Nepal

One of the Buffalo funded by the Saga Charitable Trust

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In Bhattidanda, the Trust supported an innovative project to help raise the economic status of the villagers and sustain Himaljyoti Commmunity School.

Faced with the challenge of how to make the school self-sufficient when many families could not afford to pay school fees, the local women’s agricultural co-operative came up with an interesting solution. The idea was to buy buffalos for the poorest families, who would earn money from the sale of milk, manure and calves. From their earnings they would pay the school fees for one child and over a period of two years, repay the cost of the buffalo, thereby providing a revolving fund to help other families in the village.

Kindly assisted by the Rotary Club of Thamel, Kathmandu, the Trust bought an initial 15 buffalo which were distributed to the most needy families. The number has now swelled to over 30 as money is repaid into the fund and more buffalo are purchased. School fees and loan payments are meticulously recorded and families who receive a buffalo but do not have a child at the school, pay the fees of an allocated student.

This micro-credit scheme has been an amazing success and has really had a positive impact on the whole community.


Make a difference

The Saga Group Ltd covers all the UK overheads and administrative costs of the Saga Charitable Trust, so that every penny donated makes a real difference to underprivileged communities in the developing world.

Bhattidanda Women's Co-operative