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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.

Shortly after joining, the partnering organization withdrew support, but Naomi stepped up as a leader to ensure that participants would complete their Passing on the Gift® (POG) requirements.

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.

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Heifer International

Heifer International is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization working with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.