Story and Photo courtesy of Heifer Ghana Staff
Heifer Ghana project participant Madam Naomi Aboraa was one of 15 winners presented with a 2013 Golden Talent Award (GTA). She received a certificate and $200, and her self-help group (SHG) received $800.
GTA recognizes an individual or family that has taken "a minimum of resources and converted it into a sustaining source of income and other resources, while also helping other families and the community at large."
The total cash award of $1,000 is provided by the Heifer International Foundation. Each country office is allowed to submit one nomination and 15 winners are chosen by a team of five judges.
Naomi is a widow living with AIDS and a mother to three children. She joined the HOPE project and received chickens and pigs.
She has used her new resources and skills to construct a new home, finance her sons' educations and become an HIV/AIDS and gender equity educator in her community.
Naomi and her group said they were overwhelmed by the recognition and promised to work even harder to justify winning the award.