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Amazing people make for amazing photographs. In 2013, Heifer International photographers visited project participants around the world to capture images of their climb from poverty. Here are a few of our favorites. 

woman in field
Molina Begum, age 36, walks through a field of mustard in Joari Uttar Para Village, Bangladesh. Photo by Russell Powell

woman feeds chickens outside a cave
Aida Vagharshak, age 72, gathers feed from the family cave to feed her chickens. The caves have been used for centuries by villagers in the region as homes and/or long-term temperature-controlled food storage. Photo by Geoff Oliver Bugbee

children in Zambia use an innovative irrigation system
Shaebyna Mwava, age 14, uses a stepping pump which allows Ellis Chimbala, age 10, to easily spray the family's vegetables in Miaoemu village, Zambia. Photo by Russell Powell

girl holds a tattered handmade bear
Bethea Michelle Odongo, age 3, holds a stuffed toy outside her home in Kenya. Photo by Olivier Asselin

cowboys at work
Cowboys in the Amazon region of Bolivia herd their cattle. Photo by Dave Anderson

girl hauls corn kernels overhead
Mary Akrong, 13, of Ghana, carries a container full of corn grains on top of her head. Photo by Olivier Asselin

children play netball at dusk
Netball, a game similar to basketball, is popular in Malawi, especially for girls. Here, children in Chisengi village make the best of the last few moments of daylight to get in extra playtime. Photo by Russell Powell

cuddly goats
Goats in Nepal flop down for a rest at a seasonal goat market. Photo by Geoff Oliver Bugbee

seven people on a motorbike
In the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, a man volunteers to tote children to their homes. He was able to fit eight children and himself on the bike. Photo by Nacho Hernandez

boys will be boys
Children in Santa Josepha, Mindanao, the Philippines, take a break from the cleanup in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha to play in the street. Photo by Nacho Hernandez


Austin Bailey

Austin Bailey is a writer and editor for Heifer's World Ark magazine.