More than 150 women in southern Brazil who were abandoned by their husbands and left to care for their children and grandchildren found self-reliance through a Heifer project. They no longer search trash cans for food, but grow kitchen gardens and earn money selling handicrafts. In this brief video, Rogério Rosa tells their story.

Author

Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She has a master's in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is married, a mother of two, and a wannabe urban farmer, raising her own chickens and killing most of her vegetable crops.