Beatrice Biira of Uganda is one of Heifer's greatest success stories. At the age of nine, Beatrice achieved her lifelong dream of attending school thanks to a goat, a gift from Heifer International.
An education was a luxury in Beatrice's village, a remote place where families often struggled. But within three months of receiving their goat, Beatrice and her family had saved enough money from the sale of the goat's extra milk pay for her tuition.
A bright student, Beatrice eventually earned scholarships to attend school in the United States, where she went on to graduate from Connecticut College in May 2008. In May 2010, she earned her Master's degree from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
Beatrice's story reveals the devastating reality of poverty, and that the smallest contribution toward the purchase of a gift animal can drastically improve the lives of the less fortunate all over the world.
Beatrice Biira at the age of nine in Uganda.
Beatrice Biira's Beatrice's Goat, first published in 2001. The book, written by Page McBrier and illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter, has inspired millions around the world and catapulted Beatrice into the national spotlight.
Beatrice's story has been featured in such publications as The New York Times and People Magazine and featured on such television programs as CBS's 60 Minutes and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her story is also featured in the new edition of the book Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
Learn more about Beatrice:
- Purchase the book Beatrice's Goat (hard cover)
- Read The Luckiest Girl from The New York Times
- Watch Beatrice's Goat Fed a Dream from CBS's 60 Minutes
- Hear Beatrice on public radio
- Read Beatrice interview with Connecticut College Magazine