This project will provide goats of local good breed to 25 poor marginalized women especially the widows of rural areas of Kishanganj for improving their livelihood choices so that they increase their living standard. This gives them the ability to begin raising a small herd of goats to provide them with source of income. Goats can be a source of ready cash for the women during emergencies.
Azad India Foundation is working in Kishanganj district of Bihar.The rural economy is dependent on agriculture and livestock rearing.Due to high population density the agriculture is unable to provide the livelihood support for the families.Many rural families are always indebted to local moneylenders and worst affected are the women especially single or widows who do not have any source of the income.
Rearing goats is one of the ways to enhance the financial independence for the poor women since goats are easy to raise and maintain. They do not require any particular care also their reproduction rate is higher (8 months) then other animals. They need less space in the home for the up keep. AIF also aims to provide training to the women for goat rearing.
Goat rearing will get 25 marginalized women a respectable livelihood that will lead to better life. They will be able to look after their families by selling milk and meat thus breaking the vicious circle of poverty. They will be able to educate their children.In the long run they can avail government loans as well to build their business.