2009, New ERA from its reserve fund provided a grant support of Rs.
53,000 to Asha Jyoti Sahayog Samaj (AJSS), an organization established
by a group of women living with HIV/AIDS in Rupadehi district. The
organization since its inception in 2063 B.S. has been advocating against all
forms of discriminations to the people living with HIV/AIDS and trying
to prove that they are strong enough to make progress and stand upon
themselves in the society. With this objective the AJSS members have
initiated a number of self-employment initiatives like vegetable
framings and poultry, pigs and goat raising activities in the area for
its members abandoned from families after the death of their husbands.
With the support from New ERA, the organization has been rearing three
improved variety piglets (Himstar) in its farmhouse located at Dandakhet
community, Ward No 2 of Khadwabangai VDC in Rupandehi district. Three
single women living with HIV/AIDS have been taking care of the animals,
which will be ready to sell after fourteen months. These women reported
that the growth rate of these animals is remarkably higher than that of
the local pigs reared in the nearby communities. However, New ERA
monitoring report indicates that since these women were the beginners in
this kind of entrepreneurial skill, they need constant feedbacks and
external supports to make the program successful.