I took so much video yesterday. We went to three meetings and visited two participant households, and I just about recorded everything. I can’t quite even explain how exciting it was to finally see our work in action. And watching Pierre interact with folks–from the USAID officials at the United States Embassy, to exuberant farm families who are were so excited to see and meet him–was a lot of fun, too. He’s clearly in his element, and I think we’ve got a lot to look forward to.
The village we visited has been participating in Heifer’s projects since 2005. They started with dairy cattle, and now they are part of the Uganda Domestic Biogas Programme. I want to do them justice, so I’m going to save the rest of the story (and video!) for a bit later. But, to give you an idea of how entrepreneurial our participants are, here is a short video of a participant who has started his own yogurt business. He uses milk from the local cows, hand packages it himself and sells it.
I truly wish you all could be here to see these families. This morning we are headed to visit a milk chilling plant that is part of the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project. I’m excited about this, as the changes in Dero’s and my travel plans caused us to miss visiting EADD participants in Kenya with Pierre. As we were parting ways last night, Pierre said, “Today you saw Heifer at it’s best. Tomorrow, you will see Heifer’s future.”