This projects goal is to purchase at least 50 pregnant goats that will be given to a vulnerable widow, orphan or a person with a disability. This gives them the ability to begin raising a small herd of goats that will provide them with a source of income. This is one of the most powerful programs we have done in Uganda. It truly changes lives.
HIV/AIDS has wreaked havoc in the lives of thousands of families in Uganda. It has hit particularly hard in the remote villages of Northeastern Uganda. It has forced grandmothers to become mothers again to care for the children who have lost their parents. It has left thousands of widows to care for their children alone. These women are extremely vulnerable without any source of income.
One basic solution is to provide the means for a widow or orphan to have a source of income. Our project will do that by providing them with a pregnant goat. They are trained in the care of the goat and its baby. They are not allowed to eat the goats, they can only sell or trade them. 50% of the goats have multiple offspring at birth and can give birth twice a year. They can trade 7 goats for a milk cow or a bull.
It is possible for a goat recipient over a period of 2 or 3 years to accumulate as many as 10 to 15 goats. They can sell them or they can trade 7 for a milk cow or a bull. With the proceeds we have seen scores of women pay for their children's school fees or build a hut. Some have purchased land on which to grow crops. Some have even started businesses. The local government has humbly told our NGO that we are doing things for their people that they cannot afford to do. Very appreciative.