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It's no secret that the placement of livestock is the backbone of our work. It's how we got our start, and livestock remain the common thread of our work no matter if the project is in Bolivia or the Philippines.

But there's so much more to creating a successful Heifer project. We bring communities together, we train livestock recipients how to properly care for their animals, and we help some beneficiaries learn veterinary skills. All of this means gifts of livestock are the entry point to transforming communities. 

Patrick Rothfuss has a fantastic way of describing our work, though, so I want you to hear it from him. And I happen to love the last part of what he says, so listen closely.

Patrick Rothfuss explains how Heifer Really works


Annie Bergman

Annie Bergman is a Global Communications Manager and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo, among many others in her six years at Heifer.