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This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
This little piggy went …
“Wee wee wee” all the way home!
Mother Goose wrote poetry to entertain children, but there is much wisdom to be found in her verses. At Heifer International, the gift of a “little piggy” creates income potential at market, enables families to stay together at home, and provides a valuable source of protein for those who may have none.
Simon and Nino Gabunia live in Georgia’s Gurjaani village with their 9-year-old daughter Anna-Maria and Simon’s elderly mother. Before receiving a sow from Heifer, Simon considered traveling abroad, like most of his neighbors, to find work. “Of course, I was sad to leave my family, my sick mother, my beautiful wife and my girl,” Simon said, “but worst of all was that I was not able to support them.” Feeling morally obligated to take care of his family, Simon was beyond discouraged. Today, through the gift of a pig from Heifer International, Simon is grateful for the chance to become a good farmer and provide for his family.
Since he is able to produce pork himself, Simon can make a good living while selling it for a price that is agreeable to his customers. He and several other project participants intend to find a large wholesale customer who will distribute pork to restaurants and major supermarkets. “I’m not afraid, because good quality pork is always in demand,” Simon said. “I’m seriously thinking of expanding my farm and growing cereals that I will use for feeding pigs.”
Your gift of $120 ($10/share) establishes a “piggy bank” of savings and opportunity for project participants like Simon, Nino, and Anna-Maria, this holiday season and beyond.
Reporting by Marina Kazaryan, Heifer Georgia Project Assistant
This post is part of our What to Give series, where we’re helping you choose the best Heifer gift for your loved ones. Read previous What to Give posts here, and subscribe to the What to Give series here).