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Editor’s note: In Context is a new series designed to inform and educate you on Heifer’s work in each country we have a presence. Every two weeks we’ll tackle a different country and examine unique situations related to hunger and poverty, how Heifer works to address them as well as take some time to explore local culture and traditions.

A laborer transports milk by bicycle up a steep hillside. The daily transport of milk by bicycle to and from the point of production (cow shed) and to market for selling, is very common. After a cow has brought in stable income for a Heifer beneficiary, they can often use the extra income to hire help for this sort of transportation service.
In Rwanda, milk is to be handled with the utmost respect. Drinking milk from a straw is considered taboo.
Tchaida Mukarabibi is a Heifer project participant who received a dairy cow. "My cow from Heifer is a high-producer...of the 12 liters of milk produced per day, I sell off 8 of them. The 4 left are for personal consumption for my family,"
It is customary to name your cow. Mukarabibi has named hers "Inyubahiro", Kenyarwanda for, "the respected one".
Channel Cyuzuzo and her family's cow, "Superbness".

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Falguni Vyas

Falguni (sounds like "balcony") Vyas is from Atlanta, Georgia and began working with Heifer International in Little Rock as a copywriter in 2011. She received her master's degree at Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy and her bachelor's degree at Franklin College Switzerland in Lugano, Switzerland. She does not like writing about herself in the third person.