Heifer India

Live in Rural Areas

Rely on Agriculture

Live Below the Poverty Line


Sixty-eight percent of India’s population live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 60 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes, and 47 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.

India rates 135 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). Almost 33 percent of its 1.2 billion people live below the poverty line, on $1.25 a day, and 43 percent of its children under 5 are malnourished.

43,889 Families
Were Assisted in FY2017

Livestock Placed In FY2017

Our Work In India

Heifer India believes the goat and dairy value chains are promising enterprises to lift poor communities out of poverty. Over the next 10 years (2014-2023), we will focus on helping small-scale farmers achieve extra processing for greater profits and equip them to find buyers for their products.

We provide gifts of animals, seeds, equipment and training in skills that lead to self-reliance. These resources support and empower farmers to meet their basic needs and create long-lasting change in their families and communities.

With our support, farmers will be poised to leverage support and collaborate with other stakeholders in the government and private sector with similar priorities.

Rameba Devi
Rameba Devi (35) and her daughter Madhu (12) with their goat.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Leadership training, Farmer exchange visits Self-help groups, Gender and justice training

  • Increased Income

    High-quality livestock, Monthly savings, Community Agro-Vet Entrepreneurs, Enterprise and value chain development

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Participatory Self-Review and Planning

  • Nutrition

    Vegetable gardening, Nutrition training, Hygiene practices, Sanitary toilets

  • Environment

    Rain water harvesting, Improved cookstoves

Programs and Projects

  • Empowerment and Livelihood Program for Women Through Small Livestock in Rajasthan
  • Promoting Socio-Economic Transformation of Marginalized Communities Through Agriculture and Livestock Management in Madhubani
  • Values Based Socioeconomic Development of Women Through Collective Action
  • Empowering Women Farmers Through Agriculture and Livestock Based Livelihoods in Rajasthan
  • Mayurbhanj Socioeconomic Development Project

Project Partners


  • Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust
  • Elanco

Local implementing partners

  • Unnayan
  • Uttari Rajasthan Milk Uniion Limited (URMUL)
  • Centre for Education, Empowerment and Rehabilitation Action (CEERA)
  • Centre for Microfinance (CMF)
  • Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh (GPSVS)
  • Sakti Sikha Development Society
  • Sambandh
  • Social Educational Cultural Undertaking for Rural Environment
  • Social Organization on Various Aspects
  • Voluntary Association for Rural Development
  • Network for Youth Development and Healthy Environment


Heifer International India

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