This project, which only began at the end of November, 2011, has made great progress. SHGs (Self-Help Groups) have been founded, group rules and development plans have been made through group discussions. SHGs received trainings on Values-Based Holistic Community Development and Heifer’s 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development. A total of 130 original project families underwent training in animal management and received 141 cattle.
Difficulties encountered included project farmers wanting to hold on to traditional but unsustainable animal husbandry methods. In technical trainings, the environmental and economic costs and benefits of raising livestock using traditional versus new methods were compared. This comparison demonstrated the advantages of the new methods of animal husbandry, changing the farmers’ attitudes toward change. During a one-month period, 130 project families rebuilt their cattle shelters and worked to create better facilities to help the cattle survive through the winter.
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