A small business with horns. Buy a goat and contribute to a long-term poverty-fighting project. Goats provide meat, milk and cheese for the family table. They can also be bred and sold for profit. This gift contributes to training on how to rear goats, build a goat shed and grow fodder.
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Every week, on the same day, at the same time, a group of women sit in a circle in the middle of Kitaramaka Village in Tanzania and begin to talk. What do they talk about? Goats, mainly: how to rear them, what to feed them, how to breed them and what to use the milk for.
The group is part of a Women’s Empowerment Project run by TEAR’s partner, the Anglican Diocese of Mara, which develops women’s skills and helps them improve their household income. In this case, the project has provided the women with training in goat breeding and rearing and access to start-up goats (20 female and 2 male). They have had an encouraging start – 17 of the female goats have become pregnant, with 12 already producing a kid.
Group members have also supplied materials and constructed their own goat house, and made personal contributions for the goat’s food. Eventually, the group will sell some goats and share the income, but in the meantime families are enjoying better nutrition from drinking the goat’s milk.
The group also independently decided to start a credit and savings scheme, which involves each member contributing a small amount per month. This amount is pooled and distributed to two different members each month and can then be used to pay for household needs.
By the end of the project, the women hope they will have improved nutrition for their children, their own goats, and increased family income through activities such as the selling of milk and goats. These are their dreams for a better future.
Your gift of a goat is contributing to projects like this one and making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty and marginalisation.
About our partner – The Diocese of Mara
The Diocese of Mara is a part of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, which works to bring about spiritual and socio-economic transformation and empowerment for individuals and communities, so that they can experience fullness of life. The Diocese of Mara’s Women’s Empowerment Project involves Self-Help Groups that focus on one of four activities – goat rearing, chicken rearing, vegetable growing and credit/savings.