American poverty is the great silent shame of our time. At $15 trillion dollars a year, the American economy is the largest in the world, producing ¼ of the planet’s entire gross domestic product. Yet one in seven people in America live below the poverty line of $22, 113 for a family of four. A person working full-time at the minimum wage earns about $14,500 a year – and 80% of single mothers heading a household work at least one job and still can’t provide the basic necessities for their children.
Read the full story on Betty Londergan's blog, Heifer 12x12.
Betty Londergan volunteered for Heifer as Global Blogging Ambassodor. She dedicated 12 months of her life to visit 12 Heifer projects. Through her travels, she met the people who are benefiting from the animals Heifer gives to those in need, learned about the Heifer programs and trainings that go on for months before an animal is given away, and experienced first-hand why Heifer has been so successful in its 67 years of transforming communities through the mere gift of an animal.