If young children don't get the nutrition they need, they lose what all kids deserve - the chance to reach their full potential. Chronic malnutrition puts children at far greater risk of dying from common childhood disease. It also permanently stunts their physical and intellectual growth. In many rural indigenous communities of Guatemala, childhood malnutrition rates are near 80 percent. The problem contributes to a cycle of poverty that traps families for generations - but it can be broken.
Goat milk allows poor families to give their children animal protein otherwise out of reach. Goat manure fertilizes gardens providing other essential nutrients. Plants grown to feed the goat reduce soil erosion and help improve small farm production.
Children grow up bigger, smarter, and healthier; families earn extra income; and after reproducing, a goat is passed on to neighbors. One goat can change a child's life and a community's potential.