The project will provide goats to poor farming families in our project areas in Zamboanga del Norte, Leyte and Misamis Oriental. Goats are easy to take care of, provides meat and income and are prolific. Goats are ready insurance and cash for the family during emergencies and money for everyday use. The family whom we have given goats will in turn pass-on-the-gift to other families by way of providing 1 kid for every goat we provide and in this way sustain and continue the process.
Most often small farmers have very little sources for income. Once there is an emergency, they resort to moneylenders and local creditors imposing very high interest for the money indebting the family further. This is a vicious cycle and there are times that farmers borrow from the next usurer in order to pay previous debts. There is a need to widen the economic base of poor farmers so that they will not fall into a downward spiral of poverty and marginalization.
Raising goats is one way out of this since goats are easy to raise, they eat only grasses, very hardy and prolific and the females provide kids every 8 months. The recipient will provide 1 goat to the next family when the female gives birth thereby perpetuating the initiative. Before they are provided with goats they are asked to raise grasses as feeds and we will provide them with training on goat raising and management.
The long-term impact of this project is the improvement of incomes and well-being of poor farm families. There is also pride in being able to stand independently and know that there is source of income by way of goats. The pass-on-the-gift approach will build responsibility and care for the community. The project can also be a model for other similar projects such as utilizing chickens, pigs or cows.