EU Living Magazine v6 English - Page 6

A SOURCING STORY Nestled along a river in the lowland plains of Nepal is the small agrarian community of Sangrampur. Splaying out from the river are vast grids of dusty turmeric fields. Here, many local farmers grow and prepare the golden spice for market. They are indelibly marked by the sign of their trade — golden-palmed hands Fallow dreams and difficult years Unlike turmeric farmers in other regions of the world, growers in Sangrampur must invest untold hours in preparing their crop for sale. Current market demands require that farmers not only grow and harvest turmeric roots, but also scrub, boil, and process the deeply pigmented tubers — all before they get a chance to sell. Even in the wake of a successful harvest, these small-scale growers ride frequent waves of market instability; all too often, they receive significantly less for their labour-intensive turmeric than it is worth. Ramekwal Saha is one of these goldenpalmed farmers struggling to climb above economic stresses in Sangrampur. He and his wife long dreamed that their farming venture would bring enough financial security to send their children to school. Bolstered by his vision, Ramekwal sowed his first crop of turmeric in a small stony parcel of land on loan from his neighbour, and over the course of many backbreaking seasons, his average yield grew to over one ton of turmeric tubers. Unfortunately, with the oppressive state of the spice market, even this relative success was not near enough to send Ramekwal’s eight children to school. The Saha family was caught in an impossible trade climate. No longer alone Like so many other small farmers in his region, Ramekwal needed an allied force to turn the tide. Such a friend came in the form of a dōTERRA Cō -Impact Sourcing ™ partnership. When dōTERRA offered a fair alternative to the current demoralising system, Ramekwal was willing to link arms in good faith. 6 EUROPE LIVING MAGAZINE