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    Using goats to promote food security and women’s cooperatives

    Day 19

    We’ve Goat Your Back

    Food security is an everyday problem for millions of people in the world. We’re tackling the issue in a remote community in Rubondo — an already secluded area of the Nakivale Refugee Settlement of Uganda. Here, we could focus directly on agriculture and livelihoods by meeting people where they are.

    We started with goats! Our livelihoods advisors introduced us to one of the women’s cooperatives they work with. This particular women’s cooperative consisted of ten women who primarily focus on agricultural work. We were able to give them four goats to help along their progress!

    One woman, Glorias, explained how these four little goats would help her and the community: “First of all, we do not have jobs, so the goats will become our jobs. With the help that you have given us, we will be able to do more. As we keep the goats, they will mature and give birth. We will be able to sell the baby goats and send our children to school and buy clothes and shoes.”

    Rachel, the leader of the group, was touched that we thought of them. Not only did she go as far as to give us hugs, she also said: “Thank you very much for what you have done. The goats we’ve received will help us get manure and then when they multiply, we’ll be able to pay school fees for our children. From one woman to another, thank you for thinking about us and supporting us.”

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