Julia Hernandez Lux and Isaias De Leon Hernandez live in the community of La Hacienda in Guatemala with their seven children. Isaias works as a carpenter as he does not have access to enough land to farm.
When the Save the Children-sponsored PROMASA began its activities in La Hacienda in 2007, The Hernandez's 1-year-old daughter Claudia Lizeth was malnourished and underweight.
Through the program, the family started a home garden which provided extra food and income for the family. Then in 2008, the family received a goat that at the beginning produced more than 2 glasses of milk daily. One glass was always set aside for little Claudia Lizeth.
With the fresh milk and vegetables, Claudia started gaining weight. After three months, she was fully recovered from malnutrition.
Her father Isaias recalls "she started growing normal, was not getting sick any more, and we no longer had to buy her medicines".
The Hernandez family gave the first goat to another family, but kept a female kid (baby goat) called Muñeca (Doll). In less than 2 years, the family had other kids and more milk thanks to improved breeding.
Muñeca provides about a half gallon of milk per day. Claudia's little brother, Luis Armando, is a healthy toddler and enjoys his milk every day. Plus, the family sells surplus milk to neighbors, helping the Hernandez children's playmates.
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