LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This holiday season, Heifer International wants to making gift-giving easy, festive and fun, but always with a focus on helping families improve their lives with livestock and training. A Heifer gift is no ordinary gift.
Take giving a goat as an example. These versatile creatures can supply up to a ton of milk a year, used to make milk, cheese, butter and improved income with the sale of milk products. Not to mention, they can have up to two or three kids per year, provide manure for fertilizer and are small enough to keep on even the smallest farms.
Goat farming changed the lives of Karegeya and Esperances Francois from Rwanda. In 2011 this family received a purebred Saanen dairy goat. Since then, their first goat has produced five kids, and those produced 12 more. Now the family owns 10 goats, three of which are milk-producing, and two cows. Additionally, they received training to increase production on their one acre of land. They now grow corn, soybeans, cabbage, beets, onions and matooke (a type of banana).
"I owe my life to Heifer and the government that brought them here. Thank you for being an organization with compassion," Francois said. "You rescued us."
This holiday season, #GiveHeifer. You can transform a family by visiting www.heifer.org and making a donation. Watch this video "Power Over Poverty" to learn more about our work.
ABOUT HEIFER INTERNATIONAL
Heifer's mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For information, visit www.heifer.org, read our blog, follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @Heifer or call 888.5HUNGER (888.548.6437).
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