Sheep for Life in Africa

$8,170 $730
Raised Remaining


Our Sheep for Life campaign brings fencing, sheep and butcher training to 30 grandmothers in rural Kenya. These women are single-handedly raising their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren. They live off the land, but with sheep, they earn income to pay for school, food and clothing. The Nyanya Project's first herd of 30 sheep has grown to 140. But the grandmothers still need fencing, and they need more sheep. More sheep means more income. Help us build strong futures for these remarkable families.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Grandmothers raising AIDS-orphaned grandchildren are illiterate. They live on less than one dollar a day. By butchering and breeding sheep, our grandmothers can pay for school, food and clothing. With butcher training, they can earn even more income. Currently, the only butcher in the area keeps 50% of the sell price.

How will this project solve this problem?

Sheep are bred and butchered by grandmothers for income. Grandmothers use this new income to provide school fees, food and clothing for their orphaned grandchildren. Hospital and funeral costs have also been covered. The Nyanya Project grandmothers formed a cooperative that meets bi-monhtly and decides on how to use all funds. Training two grandmothers in butchering will provide more profit and long-range self sufficiency.

Potential Long Term Impact

"Today my grandchildren are healthy and go to school." With income generated by their sheep, grandmothers meet immediate and long range needs. School fees are a priority. Grandmothers are determined to provide a stronger future for their grandchildren by keeping them in school, about $350 per child per year. Some 100 grandchildren are being raised by our 30 TNP grandmothers, and if each impacts another 10 people in the community, more than 1000 people are impacted positively from sheep herding.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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The Nyanya Project

Winston-Salem, NC, United States

Project Leader

Mary Martin Niepold

Founder and President
Winston-Salem, NC United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Sheep for Life in Africa