Florence Komakech, 53, feeds her cow sweet potato peels to distract her during milking.

Impact Stories About Your Support in Action

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As a part of Friends of Heifer®, your generous support each month is making a profound difference in the lives of Heifer project participants around the world. Read these exclusive stories about how your support helps lift families out of hunger and poverty.

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Neydi Guzmán grew up in the mountains of northeastern Honduras, where she still lives with her family.

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Recent Impact Stories

Learn more about Fatuma Harvests a Brighter Future for Her Children.
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Fatuma Harvests a Brighter Future for Her Children

Fatuma Auma is a smallholder farmer, a nursery schoolteacher and a mother of four.

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Learn more about Cracking the Code to Success.

Cracking the Code to Success

Juana and Carlos’ new life began with a flock of more than 65 chicks.

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Learn more about Hatching Hope One Chicken at a Time.

Hatching Hope One Chicken at a Time

Babilata Das and her husband, Sanjay, used to work their land at the mercy of erratic rain showers.

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Learn more about Dairy Farming Provides the Path to Prosperity in Rwanda.

Dairy Farming Provides the Path to Prosperity in Rwanda

Before you and other generous monthly supporters came into his life, every day was a challenge for Damien Ndabukiye in rural Rwanda.

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Learn more about Empowering Young Farmers to Lead the Way.
Eric Mugabe

Empowering Young Farmers to Lead the Way

Living in the rolling grasslands of Kapeke, Uganda, 24-year-old Eric gets up each morning to tackle his responsibilities as the head of his household.

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Learn more about Zoila and Francisco’s Key to Success? Water. .
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Zoila and Francisco’s Key to Success? Water.

In Guatemala, rural farmers across the country must carefully manage three main agricultural elements: water, sunlight and soil.

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Learn more about Strength in Numbers for Rwandan Women.
Nyirabarihuta Immacule is shown with members of a women’s self-help group in Rwanda

Strength in Numbers for Rwandan Women

In Rwanda, more than 70% of the country’s women are involved in farming, but women still face more barriers than men. The Abihuje Women’s Self-Help group formed in 2018 to address inequality in agriculture.

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Learn more about Turning Heartache into Hope.
Orn Chanraun and her family in Cambodia

Turning Heartache Into Hope

Most of the families and farmers whose lives you touch as a Friend of Heifer have experienced some form of trauma. But those endured by Orn Chanraun, a mother of 10 who lives in central Cambodia, are among the most chilling.

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Learn more about Chocolate: How Sweet It Is.

Chocolate: How Sweet It Is

This month, people all over the world are expressing their love with chocolate. Some of that chocolate originates in Central American countries like Honduras.

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Learn more about The Story of Eli's Ark.
Eli Niver smiles as he poses in the garden at the Niver family farm.

The Story of Eli’s Ark

Eli, a 7-year-old from upstate New York, worked with his family to raise enough money from friends, neighbors and members of his church to buy an Ark from the Heifer Catalog.

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Learn more about Ambia's Enduring Ambition.
Ambia, Opshora and Shahina hold goats on their farm in Bangladesh

Ambia’s Enduring Ambition

Thanks to your steadfast support, Heifer has helped Ambia and thousands of women farmers in Bangladesh.

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Past Impact Stories

Learn more about The Inspiration of Change.
Bhagawati Parajuli, 35, (front right to left) along with her father in law Rudra Bahadur Parajuli, 66, pose with members of the Suraksha SEWC Co-op, Ganga Bastola (right to left rear), Manmaya Neupane, Nirmala Shreshta, Yugal Dahal and Dipsikha Nepal in Nepal.

The Inspiration of Change

Long before she ever heard of Passing on the Gift®, Bhagawati Parajuli understood the value of giving. 

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Learn more about Golden Opportunities and Talent.
Fungaimudoti Mafuta, his wife, Kudakwashe, and three of their children, Tendai, Definite and Divine, are shown near their goat pen in Zimbabwe.

Golden Opportunities and Talent

Fungaimudoti Mafuta and his wife, Kudakwashe, are farmers in Matamba, a town in the center of Zimbabwe. For years they struggled from lack of resources.

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Learn more about A Spicy Solution To Poverty.
Family of cardamom farmers in Guatemala

A Spicy Solution to Poverty

Heifer’s Cardaforestry project is an exciting initiative that helps cardamom farmers in Guatemala increase their incomes and strengthen their role in the lengthy supply chain that moves cardamom from their farms to your table.

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Learn more about Much to Smile About in Malawi.

Much to Smile About in Malawi

Thanks to your support that provided the Ntosos with their first cow, they established a thriving dairy enterprise augmented by multiple sources of income. They now have a bright vision for their future.

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Learn more about From Civil Conflict to Flourishing Family .

From Civil Conflict to Flourishing Family

Patrick and Bisentina Odoki have lost track of all the ways their lives have changed for the better since they received a pregnant dairy cow from Heifer.

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Learn more about So Much More Than an Animal.

So Much More Than an Animal

Juvy Hesita and her family, who live on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, have seen for themselves the difference Heifer’s approach makes. Let’s explore their family farm and the impact of your gift.

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Learn more about New Local Market Bright Spot For Haiti.
New Local Market Bright Spot For Haiti

New Local Market Bright Spot for Haiti

After suffering twin natural disasters in August, Haiti was in need of something to celebrate. On October 31st they had a reason to. In collaboration with the Municipal Administration of Anse-à-Pitres, Heifer Haiti opened a marketplace that will be truly transformative for smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs across southeast Haiti.

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Learn more about Life Is Good.
Madan Kumar Budha and his wife Basmati Budha with their goats.

Life Is Good

Life is good on the Budha’s farm, where they live in a house surrounded by healthy goats, chickens and water buffalo. Through the Pragatishil self-help group that Heifer organized, Basmati received training in animal management, nutrition and breeding; planting fodder and kitchen gardens.

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Learn more about Water Has Brought Back Our Dignity.
Mairame smiles while holding a chicken and sitting in front of her flock

Water Has Brought Back Our Dignity

While Heifer’s work has always focused on hunger, poverty and environmental sustainability, in recent years, we realized that water needed to be a focus as well — because without community access and management of water, our project participants simply cannot achieve their goals.

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Learn more about The Caregiver.
Savi and her children sitting together

The Caregiver

Savi’s life began to brighten in 2018 when Heifer launched a project in her community designed to help small-scale farmers like her bring their goods to market.

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Learn more about A Mother's Entrepreneurship Reunites Her Family.
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A Mother’s Entrepreneurship Reunites Her Family

With the family’s most basic needs met, Sharada Devi has begun to make plans for the future. She hopes to buy land and build a better house with space for more goats.

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Learn more about Save Today to Have Tomorrow.
Santos holds seeds in her hand.

Save Today to Have Tomorrow

After Heifer sent Santos to a three-month training in financial management, she returned with the knowledge and drive to create a savings bank. It has a dozen members who call themselves “Save Today to Have Tomorrow.”

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Learn more about Benjamin’s Burgeoning Business .
Benjamin Musembi Kyengo holds grass outside his home in Mangauni B village, Kenya.

Benjamin’s Burgeoning Business

Benjamin loves to learn and hoped one day to become a teacher. His family did not have enough money for him or his siblings to go beyond primary school. But today thanks to your support, Benjamin is learning again.

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Learn more about Preserving Her Heritage.
Rosalinda holds up fabric she has dyed

Preserving Her Heritage

With the help of Heifer, Rosalinda and her group created increasing numbers of intricately designed garments dyed and woven with the ruby red of cochinillas and colors from other natural dyes.

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Learn more about Wheybrow’s Way with Words and Roida's Faith in the Future.
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Wheybrow’s Way With Words and Roida’s Faith in the Future

This month we explore the lives of Wheybrow Mwampashi, his wife Roida Mwamlima, their son Benjamin, and daughter Beatrice.

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