The End of Hunger and Poverty Starts Here.
Nearly 1 billion people around the world live in poverty. We’re on a mission to change that.
Heifer International is a global nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger and poverty. Through gifts of livestock and education, Heifer ensures that families have the resources and opportunity needed to not just survive, but thrive.
Here’s how we do it.
- A family living in poverty receives animals and training from Heifer. The animals give products like milk and eggs, which can be eaten or sold.
- The family learns how to create a business with their new source of income. As their business grows, so does their income.
- With a secure source of income, parents can provide for their families in ways they’ve never been able to before.
Read inspiring stories of people who have transformed their lives after receiving gifts from Heifer.
Hunger held 13-year-old Emmy back in school, but she shot to the top of her class when she started getting a few square meals a day.Read more About Emmy Rising
Migrant No More: How Chickens Are Keeping Families Together in Cambodia
More than a million Cambodians have migrated to find work abroad, most often in Thailand. Around 53 percent are undocumented migrant workers. As a result, they face many challenges, including staying in low-quality shelters, enduring poor working conditions and receiving lower pay than other workers. Many live in fear of being arrested and deported back to Cambodia and losing all of their savings.Read More About Migrant No More: How Chickens Are Keeping Families Together in Cambodia
Ecuadorian Farmers Spin Alpaca Wool Into Gold
Indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Andes are reviving ancestral fiber arts with alpaca wool to escape the cycle of poverty and protect the unique highland ecosystem in which they live.Read More About Ecuadorian Farmers Spin Alpaca Wool Into Gold
Help Families Create Sustainable Futures
- OUR MISSION: To end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth
- OUR WORK: We currently work in 21 countries, including the U.S
- OUR HISTORY: We’ve been helping communities for more than 75 years
- OUR IMPACT: We’ve helped more than 36 million families escape poverty
- OUR FUTURE: Bringing an additional 10 million farmers out of poverty by 2030
Where We Work
We currently work in 21 countries around the world.
Heifer International has had a presence in Cambodia since 1999, working alongside women farmers to enhance their ability to raise more, sell more, and earn more from chicken, swine, and vegetable value chains. Our programs advance women leaders, reduce domestic violence, and give women more prominent voices building successful farming enterprises.
From training rural farmers in agroecology to building alliances with government and private entities, Heifer's work in Ecuador has spanned all levels of this biologically diverse country since 1954.
Our Escaping Poverty project provides coaching, cash grants and agricultural inputs to families in north and central Ghana.
Heifer works with local farmers in protected areas to develop sustainable green businesses that allow local people to generate incomes and care for the forests.
Heifer provides Haitian farmers with livestock, seeds, animal management training, as well as finance and technical support to overcome adversity.
With Heifer's support, family farmers are diversifying their businesses and incomes through agroecology.
Heifer's programs create valuable opportunities for women to become Community Agro-Veterinarian Entrepreneurs who provide paid services within their communities.
We work in partnership with producer groups, financial institutions, county governments, processors, and input and service providers across the dairy, poultry and beef value chains.
Farmers are diversifying crop yields, incomes and diets with sustainable farming methods and are increasing resilience to climate change.
Since 1977, Heifer International has worked in Mexico, supporting local farmers through livestock projects and agricultural training that enables them to diversify their families’ diets and increase incomes.
With modern training and access to markets, Heifer Nepal helps farmers raise quality livestock, improving nutrition and increasing incomes.
Heifer encourages women to lead through attending farmer field schools to learn new cultivation techniques and technologies.
We support farmers to set up their own cooperatives, where they share knowledge, pool resources, as well as access financing to invest and grow their farms.
We equip farmers with the tools and expertise they need to increase productivity and close the living income gap.
Heifer's work in Tanzania involves strengthening access to local markets through business planning, marketing and establishing collection centers.
Heifer mobilizes farmers and works with partners to help them connect into cooperatives to share knowledge and access financial services.
Heifer USA provides training to farmers in cultivation techniques, and helps them organize cooperatives that share marketing, packaging, distribution, and credit and loan services.
Heifer works with partners in Zambia to build sustainable livelihoods through agriculture, enterprise development, gender equity, and livestock while mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS and climate change.
In Zimbabwe, Heifer is aiming to lift 200,000 families out of poverty by 2026. Heifer works to build social capital among farming families to boost their incomes and standard of living, and improve nutrition and health across Zibabwe.
Heifer International began work in Bangladesh in 2006, focusing on three main value chains: dairy, goat and beef. We work with women farmers in northern Bangladesh to improve sustainability and build their farming capacity through better animal care and cultivation techniques.
In one of India's poorest states, Heifer empowers women farmers to provide food for their families, improve the local environment and increase business opportunities for their communities.
Blue Flames Project
For families living along Senegal’s northern coast, cooking can be an arduous process.
Women and children spend hours every day gathering firewood. Smoke from fires pollutes outdoor areas, irritating people’s eyes and lungs. To make matters worse, the demand for firewood is driving deforestation and soil erosion as trees are cut down for fuel.
The Blue Flames project worked with families to make their farms more sustainable by expanding access to renewable energy.
Dairy Network in the Andes
Through coordination and financial services, farmers are able to enter formal markets and meet bigger orders.
East Africa Dairy Development Project
Dairy farmers in East Africa face many barriers to entering the formal economy.
East Africa Youth Inclusion Project
The majority of Uganda and Tanzania’s populations are youth, who grow up in poverty.
Empowering Women Farmers
Heifer works with farmer cooperatives to improve financial management and link them to distribution markets.
Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative
Farmers operating on their own typically face many costly challenges that keep their earnings down and forcing them to take off-farm jobs to supplement their incomes.
An efficient, productive poultry farm can change everything for farmers, their families, and their communities.
Through specialized production techniques, cooperatives and connections to local markets, Cambodian families earn living incomes.
Lenca II Project
Powering local dairy production in Lempira, located in western Honduras, which is the country's poorest department.
Heifer provides training and technical support for farmers to boost yields of quality, reliable products for high-value markets.
NIKA Milk Project
Supporting farming families in Nicaragua’s ‘Milky Way,’ to increase production and diversify their product offerings.
Restoring rural livelihoods by promoting sustainable food production
Women's Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Project
Sololá, Alta and Baja Verapaz, Guatemala
By identifying local market demand and providing support and training, Heifer International and partners are paving the way for women to earn living incomes.
Rural Entrepreneurs Project
In this partnership with the Walmart Foundation, Heifer empowers women farmers across Mexico through training, finance and providing connections to formal markets where they can sell their products.