Organic farming made possible by using the mobile

The reality can be harsh. An examination fee of 10 rupee caused Govinda Ghimire, in Nepal, to drop out of school in the fourth grade. His only option then was to carry milk from his home village Dhulikel to Kathmandu.

He had to make a 14 kilometer long walk each day to deliver fresh milk to shops and then return home.

Bought a mobile subscription
After a few years, Govinda came into contact with a German, who started a retreat and an organic farm in Govinda´s home village. Eventually, Govinda became responsible for managing the farm.  In order to be able to stay in touch with everyone he bought a Ncell SIM card. That was in 2007.

-Using the skills of organic farming and processing, which I had acquired while working in the farm, I started organic farming nearby my home, Govinda describes. I established Patlegaun Organic Farm producing organic pickles and jam as well as selling vegetables. But the products did not find enough buyers in nearby villages of Banepa and Dhulikhel.

So, Govinda began selling organic products to hotels in Kathmandu and passed on his contact number to all the customers, requesting them to call him if they needed more. Now, customers could contact him much easier. They started placing orders every time they called. He responded promptly to orders placed by officials in diplomatic missions and International Non-Governmental Organizations and delivered produces at their door steps.

Started exporting to Singapore
-Gradually I started receiving orders from Singapore also. Today, I export organic products to Singapore twice a week. Customers in Singapore ask what sorts of vegetables are available through SMS and I send them details back. They place orders through email and I export goods accordingly.

Using Social media
Today, Govinda has mastered the use of Facebook and displays the products he has available. His business is now an all year around business and he has 16 employees working on his farm. Almost everything he needs in terms of outside resources he can manage using his mobile phone. The business has turned out so well he can afford to send his two kids to boarding school, build a new house for his family, buy a delivery car and expand his farming land. All thanks to a mobile subscription that made everything possible.

See the video below with Govinda Gihmire.