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The Goat Bank is one of our most successful and least vulnerable
To an orphan with no possessions at all the gift of a goat is of
incalculable value especially in cultures where a man's worth is
measured in animals that he owns. A goat brings pride of
ownership and a major psychological and emotional boost to the orphan
who can now hold his head up in the street. After a while one goat
becomes two, becomes four, becomes eight and generally eight goats can
be exchanged for one pregnant cow. At this point the orphan has real
wealth, a living insurance against future disasters and he has the
confidence to get married. All from goat which in the meantime has
given milk, fertilizer and kids to pay for school fees, books and
How does it work ?
A group of orphans, or women or maybe men are
given a loan of up to ten goats to begin to lift
them out of poverty and dependence.
The reason is that simple very low-tech goats
produce milk and children in the family can get
nourishing milk to drink. Their health improves significantly. Goats
also produce manure, which women use to fertilize
their small plots of land. The crops grow much better and they grow
more of them. Not only do the families have more food to eat,
there is also enough left over to sell. This means more money to pay
for clothes, medicines and for their children to go to school. The
goats also produce more goats, often twins, and
even in death their skins are valuable.
The first ten kids are given straight back in order to repay
the original loan. The owners then keep the goats
they had originally been given and continue to reap the long-term
benefits. Most important of all, at this point they should not need any
The first ten kids are then loaned to another group
of women and men to help yet more people. One gift of ten goats is
'recycled' by nature and good organisation and goes on and to help
people in desperate need. One goat in Burundi, Uganda
and Sudan just £20 each, in Malawi £25.
Important fact sheet Care for goats
"Goats are God's project number one in this war zone of Africa. The
report about goat project is spreading like bush fire and we are
optimistic about the effects and the result to the poor community.
I have some group of 20 orphans. I have taught them
on all the necessary conditions for the scheme. They are now ready. I
would propose that we give them 20 goats since they have a small piece
of land where they can keep them."
Pastor George Purkweri, Lira, Uganda
Why not buy one goat or a herd of goats, we have a waiting list and
welcome your help.Thank you.
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