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Women’s Cooperative Opts for Live Weight, Increases Profits


With guidance from Heifer Nepal, Sainamaina Municipality is becoming known as an ideal location for goat enterprise. This has not always been true. A lack of market access and knowledge in meat prices led many farmers to sell their animals to local collectors for a loss. 

Members of the Muhan Social Enterprise Women's Cooperative, registered in 2014, initially worked toward establishing a successful goat enterprise but were getting cheated as the unfair prices for their animals were based on mere observation and estimation. With support and motivation from Heifer, the Cooperative now boasts more than 1,100 members.

Unable to bear the burden, the Cooperative decided to sell the farmer's goats based on live weight under its own supervision, which ensured fair prices for the farmers. After some debate among members of the cooperative, goat traders, meat entrepreneurs, Heifer Nepal and community members, the parties decided to implement the live weight system using the animal's weight to determine the final price.

At the bazaar in Saljandi, members of the cooperative, including the chairperson and manager, set up a scale to weigh the animals. The farmers collectively weighed 18 animals with encouraging results, which enticed other farmers to adopt the live weight system.

An elated Chabikala (pictured above) smiles as she counts her money after selling a goat. She made nearly $40 more thanks to the Cooperative's live weight system and pricing than she would have from a local collector.  

“Earlier on I didn’t like weighing my goats, I disagreed on this multiple times,” Gyan Bahadur, a local farmer said. “I realized I was wrong when I was offered a higher price for an animal after weighing it. This experience changed my thinking and I’ve understood that this system is actually for the farmers’ own good.“

Weight of Animal

Price per kilo (Rs)

Below 20 kgs

350

Below 30 kgs

380

30+kgs

400

 

"Previously we had to go to India to see a good market for the goats," Krishna Poudel, chairperson of the Meat Entrepreneurs Association of Rupandehi said. “Now we have on our own been able to set this up, we realized that local goats produced by the women by our community yields profits for both the farmers and the meat entrepreneurs, I hope this continues."

Muhan Social Enterprise Women's Cooperative has sold more than 800 animals using live weight system. The cooperative, which acts as a collection center and business hub, has reduced the efforts required by collectors to roam the village looking for goats while providing a fair share of income to the producers.