For children who are at risk of malnutrition, the complete protein derived from goats is critical to improving their health. Goats also provide a source of milk and cheese for families, which can be consumed or traded for other food produce.
Goats are distributed through Village Savings and Loans Associations – microfinance programs that teach women effective animal care and breeding techniques as part of overall literacy and numeracy, business and marketing training.
While gender equality training is an important part of our programs, many women in sub-saharan Africa are still prevented from owning land. Fortunately, goats take up little space so when you buy a goat you're giving a mom financial independence and the chance to lift her family out of poverty.
Goats are great at producing other goats; quickly and relatively easily. As a result, one goat quickly becomes the foundation for a growing herd that offers families income for the long-term either by trading up to other livestock such as cows or using the income to start a small business.
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The goat you purchase will be sourced locally, i.e. as close to the recipient as possible. This approach provides an extra boost to local economies while keeping transport costs to a minimum.
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Ezekia and her children in Uganda depended entirely on her husband's income. Work would take him away from home for long periods of time, which often left Ezekia and her children without enough food.
She tried to scrape together enough for her family's basic needs by doing odd jobs, but it wasn't sufficient. The gift of goats finally gave her the opportunity to be self-sufficient.
After successfully putting the training she received into practice, she has increased her herd to five goats and is generating income from a thriving livestock business. In addition to ensuring her children don't go to bed hungry, she is saving for their education. When you give the gift of goats, you give families a stable income and a path to a brighter future for their children.
Children Canadian Feed The Children is an independent, secular development agency with over 35-years experience feeding children.
We take a community-led approach to improving food security in the communities where we work.
We're an awarding-winning, 5-star rated charity that envisions a world where children thrive free from hunger and poverty.
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Canadian Feed The Children is an award-winning registered Canadian charity focused on food security and transforming local food systems for long-term sustainability.
We partner with 133 communities in Canada, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.