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ACT! - Give Animals
flock of sheep

In the Northern hemisphere, most people think of animals as pets or inhabitants of zoos and farms.
But for poor women in the global South, a hen that lays eggs means food for the family, and products to sell to buy shoes
for the kids. You can give someone just such an animal.


For Beatrice Biira and her family in Uganda, whose true story is told in the book Beatrice’s Goat, a goat provided nutritious milk and gave her family extra income that enabled Beatrice to go to school and allowed her family to build a new house with a tin roof.


TurtleWill knows that nomads cannot survive without their animals who are killed by winter and drought. The nonprofit organization runs animal loan programs for the Tuareg and Wodaabe tribes of Niger and Mali. You can give them a cow for $250; a donkey, $50; a Sheep, $35; a goat, $25.


Mercy Corps sells Camel, Pig and Goat kits, a Kids Food kit (in fact, a Farm Kit") that you can give as gifts. While you're shopptint at their site, look for the Women's Health Kit. Click here.

Hurricane Mitch slammed into Choluteca, Honduras leaving a trail of devastation. "Even before, life here was hard," says Doña Pastora, but Mitch swept homes, belongings and animals away in seconds. The Heifer Project is rebuilding hope with a chicken project to provide an ongoing source of eggs. Watching her hens drink water from an old tire cut in half, Doña Pastora says, "Receiving these chickens was like receiving credit. To be able to pay the loan back when I'm able is of great value." Soon, she'll "repay her credit" by giving some chicks to a neighbor, as Heifer requires. Heifer Project has an entire animal catalogue on its website: llamas, geese, camels. It’s WILD program, Women in Livestock Development, can change much for women like Doña Pastora.

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