Heifer International

The mission of Heifer International is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.
Jun 26, 2015

EADD II Project Update - June 2015

Empowering Women

Kenya: We have recruited volunteer trainers who not only educate farmers, but also establish gender working groups with men, women and youth. These groups are designed to encourage open discussion on farm-related issues and increase women’s participation in the project and in their communities.

We have engaged three financial institutions (Women Enterprise Fund, Equity Bank and Uwezo Fund) to facilitate trainings for women on financial and business management, and help farmers access credit for productive assets.

Through the Uwezo Fund and the Women Enterprise Fund, 698 farmers (502 women) from 44 groups were trained on bookkeeping, loan/credit management, identification and implementation of businesses, and group leadership, responsibilities and dynamics. The Uwezo Fund provided 25 women-led groups with loans each valued at about $1,100, and the Women Enterprise Fund gave 11 groups loans valued between about $1,100 - $5,500.

Uganda: Our staff completed a four day training on gender equity that focused on applying that knowledge to empower women to become active participants in the country’s developing dairy sector. Staff also established proactive strategies to integrate gender equity into their various roles and responsibilities in the EADD project.

Additionally, we have developed and disseminated a country-wide plan to guide our efforts in empowering women. This plan has led to the formation of PO/Hub gender committees that consist of volunteer farmers and representatives of the PO/Hub boards (5 members per PO/ Hub). The committees will reach out to women at the household and PO/Hub levels to increase accountability and ownership.

Tanzania: Our staff completed gender equity training and conducted an assessment to reveal gender specific needs among our own team. They found that they needed a better understanding of how to highlight key concepts and incorporate those topics into project activities. 

A team of seven staff from across the project area have formed a gender committee. The committee has been instrumental in developing plans and activities to empower local women. We will provide continued support throughout 2015 to ensure staff are equipped to effectively incorporate gender equity in their roles and responsibilities.

Apr 29, 2015

Madhubani Final Report

Since August 2012, we have partnered with Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh (GPSVS), with support from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) and Elanco Animal Health, to assist families in 16 villages of the Andhra Tharhi Block in the Madhubani District of India. We are reaching 500 original families with resources including goats, cattle, vegetable seeds, fodder saplings and veterinary medicine kits. Another 1,500 families will be assisted through our practice of Passing on the Gift® (POG).  Promoting Socio-Economic Transformation of Marginalized Communities through Agriculture and Livestock Management in Madhubani project will complete its 3-yr implementation phase in August 2015 and enter its reporting phase.  Along with SDTT, Elanco and its employees and all who gave through GlobalGiving have fully-funded this project.

Together with our partners we are moving these marginalized communities toward sustainable development by transforming families’ capacities in agriculture and livestock management. Furthermore, women are being empowered to improve their communities’ social, economic and political conditions through our trainings in gender justice, the 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, and selfhelp group formation, management and strengthening.

During this reporting period, Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) training was provided for the 500 original families. Disaster preparedness is critical for our communities around the world that are prone to events including typhoons, floods, landslides, tsunamis, and in some areas, volcanos. CMDRR aids communities in developing Early Warning Systems (EWS) and family and communitybased contingency plans for: 1) securing family assets (i.e. income, livestock, clothing, important documents); 2) preparing food, water, medicine and first aid kits; and 3) safely evacuating their families.

Heifer India directly assisted 172 original families during this period with 480 goats, 12 cows and approximately 1,100 pounds of fodder seeds/saplings. Training also was provided for 2,113 women on topics including human nutrition, CMDRR, improved animal management, selfhelp group formation, management and strengthening, kitchen gardening, HIV/AIDS and gender justice.

A total of 30 original womenled selfhelp groups have been established with 500 members. These groups increased their savings from about $1,600 in December 2013 to about $1,635 this period. Additionally, 1,000 POG families that have been formed into 60 groups have saved a total of approximately $2,220.

Mar 26, 2015

India Project - March 2015 Update

Reporting on two objectives of the project:

Objective 1: By the end of the project 100 percent of project families will have incomes above $1.25 per day.

When the project began in 2013, its baseline survey revealed that 8 percent of project families were earning per capita income above $1.25 per day. Heifer India is currently using our Global Impact Monitoring System to capture new data and report on the families’ progress during the next period.

Farmers who have adopted System of Rice Intensification/System of Wheat Intensification (SRI/SWI) technologies reported an increase of about $82 per month from the sale of crops. Additionally, 53 farmers increased their income through Khesari production, earning a total of about $30,860 from the cultivation of almost 350,000 pounds of the legume. Similarly, 96 families with kitchen gardens cumulatively earning about $2,460 from cultivating a total of about 221,272 pounds of vegetables. Kitchen gardens also have the potential to save families about $33 per month on the cost of vegetables. Training on gardens this period increased the monthly income of 300 original families by about $50.

Dairy cooperative members are also benefiting from selling milk to collection centers. The Rampur Milk Cooperative consists of 60 families that produced about 6,823 gallons of milk this period, earning cooperative members a total of about $11,320. The Belha Milk Cooperative consists of 30 families that produced about 2,861 gallons of milk this period, earning cooperative members a total of about $4,748.

Moreover, families are also investing in livestock such as water bualo and goats. This period, a total of 55 goats were sold by 44 families for a total of about $1,534.

Objective 2: By the end of the project, communities will have increased solidarity and harmony, and communities are empowered to access other development programs.

In addition to the progress Heifer India has made toward women’s empowerment, our trainings on the 12 Cornerstones and in gender justice are also contributing to fulfilling this objective. A total of 250 original families participated in trainings on the 12 Cornerstones during this reporting period. As a result, families are reporting a significant improvement in both personal and social behavior.

Furthermore, women reported the trainings are enabling them to manage savings and contribute to their selfhelp groups. Trainings are also helping participants manage milk production and establish market linkages for improved income.

 
   

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