dZi Foundation (pronounce 'zee') is a leading international development organization that has pioneered an effective and holistic community development model over the last 15 years to build more prosperous subsistence farming communities in Nepal. Our model eliminates barriers to basic needs, fosters opportunities for sustainable livelihoods, and builds local capacity to catalyze transformational change.
dZi partners with communities for three multi-year stages to support complementary health, education, and livelihoods programs that unlock local opportunity, build more unified communities, and create lasting solutions to complex local challenges.
SEED: ACCESS AND EQUITY
dZi begins by creating a shared, inclusive vision with the entire community and forming critical partnerships with local NGOs and community development groups. The first several years, communities focus on improving food security and building essential infrastructure, such as drinking water and irrigation systems and earthquake-safe schools, which remove the barriers to progress and help meet basic needs.
GROW: OPPORTUNITIES TO THRIVE
Three years into the partnership, quality of life improves through increased access to cash and consumption of healthier food, and the economic condition of the community changes as 50% of residents are earning and spending more. Infrastructure improvements and the increase in educational opportunities encourage youth to stay in the village.
SUSTAIN: FOR LASTING CHANGE
In the final years of the partnership, dZi communities are more unified, earning more income, and leading safer, more productive, and more connected lives. Communities have the skills and systems in place to lead and maintain these gains for a lasting impact.