It was after visiting one of my friends that I realized I needed to acquire a cow for my family. But my financial sources were meager amidst the many costs for the survival of my family.
It was a hard decision that I had to encourage my husband to join this group. But the benefits from this group along with Heifer International support have been gargantuan. Even before one receives the gift of a heifer, trainings conducted and adopted are themselves a source of knowledge and wealth creation. Today, we're a role model family that any community visitor and other villagemates do not take long to visit and seek our knowledge.
Gender awareness and HIV/AIDS [training] is another benefit I have achieved. I no longer behave like I used to, the way I used to handle my wife. Considering gender awareness, I have benefited from the project and our family relations have greatly improved. My wife now knows her responsibilities, rights of women, and how to treat me as her beloved husband. We help each other in running our family projects and share other roles, which was not the case before.
Editor's Note: A smallholder dairy farmer, 35-year-old Oloka John and his wife Kafuko Maria received a Friesian dairy cow and trainings from Heifer in their community in Uganda.