In Spitak, in the Lori region of Armenia, lives Irina Dallaqyan, a 37-year-old widow and mother to three sons. The family has lived in temporary housing since 1988 when an earthquake left them homeless. A local farm provided Irina with work as a dairy maid, but her position only paid an inadequate $140 a month.
Irina's neighbor told her about Heifer International's work with Spitak Farmers Association and she made a request to become a recipient in the next Passing on the Gift® ceremony.
"I received two pigs from the project, [but] because my family lives in a temporary shelter, we have no barn," Irina said.
The Heifer project, Agricultural Development Project in Spitak and Lernantsk Communities, helps farmers house their animals together and share the work and income generated from the joint farming.
"One of my pigs delivered eight piglets, and the other delivered nine," Irina said. "I sold 10 piglets out of 17 and generated 180,000 Armenian drams (about $430). The money I saved from the sales of the piglets was directed to purchase feed for the animals. The rest, seven piglets, I kept to enlarge my farm."
Through Heifer's work, Irina found the support she needed and looks forward to future success.
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