No javascript detected! Our online shopping basket requires javascript. You can also complete your order by phone at 855.9HUNGER
You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience and security. You can also complete your order by phone at 855.9HUNGER
Return to World Ark Blog Landing

Editor's note: Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, and Heifer International partner because of a shared belief that healthy people and animals promote a healthy, hopeful future. Elanco, which works to develop products that improve animal health and protein production, currently supports projects in the Copperbelt region of Zambia, in Heibei Province in China and is also funding a project in India. Elanco employee Cassi Jo Schriefer traveled with the organization to India and Nepal to see how the partnership between Elanco and Heifer works.  

Cassi Jo Schriefer with a member of a Women's Self Help Group
Cassi Jo Schriefer fellowships with a member of a Women's Self Help Group.

"Fulfilling and sustaining life." That's why I work for Elanco. Here in the United States, it's easy to see how we as a company do that. We have innovative products that bring more food to the world, we work with local communities to help end hunger, and we bring value to our customers in turn helping them and their families have a more comfortable and fulfilling life. I did not realize the extent of what we do on a global level to help fulfill and sustain life until I was blessed to be able to visit India and Nepal in September. 

Before I went on this trip, I knew Heifer was a great program because it gave people animals to help them fight hunger and become self-sustaining. Little did I know, that fighting hunger is just a byproduct of what Heifer is really doing.  Heifer trains these women and teaches them about everything from gender equality to sharing and caring. I was able to see the work that Heifer is doing to help these women save money, have something of their own (a cow, goat or water buffalo) that they care for, and to teach them about things such as hygiene and gender equality and education for their daughters. I saw how friendships are formed through the Heifer groups, and I saw women standing up proud and tall, telling us how their marriages are better, their daughters are in school, and how they have great plans for the future. I saw deep appreciation for us Heifer guests. I saw sincere gratitude and joy for what they have been given through Heifer, and I saw smiles and felt hugs and happy emotions that don't need words to be communicated. It was through these encounters with women from all the way around the world who hardly have anything (anything ranging from material to emotional-like a fulfilling and happy marriage) that I learned what it truly means to live a life of thankfulness.  

"We feel this is a rebirth for us.  We're very happy from the inner part of our hearts.  We have built so much confidence that we now know we will only move forward.  From the help you have given us, we have been able to help others in return."

Through this trip, I was able to see that even though Elanco is truly helping to feed hungry mouths all over the world, we are doing SO much more than that with our work with Heifer. We are changing lives. We are empowering women. We are giving people a future. It occurred to me as I was sitting in a meeting room with candles light and flowers all around and beautiful women all smiling at me, that we are truly changing the world. Why do I do what I do? Changing the world and giving people hope and a future---and I have seen it with my own eyes. I couldn't be more proud to work with the company I do and to see the impact we have made. 

Help empower women all over the world.  

Author

Annie Bergman

Annie Bergman is a Global Communications Manager and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo, among many others in her six years at Heifer.

Free Download

You only need to enter this information once to download digital resources.

My Basket
Need Help?

Basket Summary

edit

{{ product.title }} {{ product.subTitle }}

Qty: {{ product.quantity }} @ {{ product.price | currency }} Qty: {{ product.quantity }} @ FREE
{{ (product.quantity * product.price) | currency }} Free
{{ (product.price) | currency }} You've chosen to make this a monthly donation.
Monthly

No products in cart.

Additional Impact {{ processingFee | currency }} Sub-total {{ cartSubTotal | currency }} Shipping Cost {{ orderShippingCost | currency }} NOT YET CALCULATED Tax Cost {{ orderTax | currency }} NOT YET CALCULATED Total {{ cartTotal | currency }}

{{ cartCheckoutPath[1].title }}

edit

Billing Address

{{ billingAddress.first_name }} {{ billingAddress.last_name }} {{ billingAddress.address_1 }} {{ billingAddress.address_2 }} {{ billingAddress.city }}, {{ billingAddress.state }} {{ billingAddress.zip }} {{ billingAddress.country }}

Company

{{ billingAddress.company }}

Shipping Address

{{ shippingAddress.first_name }} {{ shippingAddress.last_name }} {{ shippingAddress.address_1 }} {{ shippingAddress.address_2 }} {{ shippingAddress.city }}, {{ shippingAddress.state }} {{ shippingAddress.zip }} {{ shippingAddress.country }}

Basket Summary

Step 1 of 2 Step 1 of 3 All major credit cards and Paypal accepted

Get your free Honor Cards after checkout.
Your basket has been updated.
The following item(s) are now sold-out or unavailable and have been removed from your cart:
-{{ product.title }} {{ product.subTitle}} ({{ product.quantity}})

{{ nag.title }}

{{ nag.description }}

{{ product.title }} {{ product.subTitle }} To: {{ product.giftCardRecipientName }} From: {{ product.giftCardSenderPrint }} Email: {{ product.giftCardRecipientEmail }} Delivery: {{ product.giftCardDeliveryDate }} Message: {{ product.giftCardMessage | truncate '200' }} 1 {{prods["title"]}}

{{ (product.quantity * product.price) | currency }}
You've reached the maximum number of products for this item.
You've reached the maximum number of products for this item.
${{ product.price }}
$ {{ product.price }} Free
Monthly
Remove
SubTotal {{ cartSubTotal | currency }}
It's not a hand out. It's a hand up.

For maximum impact, try adding a few items to your basket.

Browse The Gift Catalog
Secured Checkout

Increase Your Impact with a Donation Visit the Gift Catalog

Make an even bigger impact with a donation from our Gift Catalog

Responsibly-Sourced, Artisan-Friendly Gifts Shop the Marketplace

Shop the Marketplace for responsibly-sourced, artisan-friendly gifts
Secured Checkout
Secured Checkout
Edit Basket Summary

{{ cartCheckoutPath[1].title }}

Step 2 of 2 Step 2 of 3 All major credit cards and Paypal accepted

Get your free Honor Cards after checkout.
Shipping Information

If you have received a gift catalog in the mail please enter the highlighted code that begins with a "D" or a "P" in the source code box below. If you have not received a Heifer Gift Catalog please leave the source code blank.

Shipping Address
Secured Checkout
Secured Checkout
Edit Basket Summary

{{ cartCheckoutPath[1].title }}

Step 2 of 2 Step 2 of 3 All major credit cards and Paypal accepted

Get your free Honor Cards after checkout.
Billing Information
Enter your company name to see if your employer will match your gift.

If you have received a gift catalog in the mail please enter the highlighted code that begins with a "D" or a "P" in the source code box below. If you have not received a Heifer Gift Catalog please leave the source code blank.

Billing Address
Secured Checkout
Secured Checkout
Edit Basket Summary

{{ cartCheckoutPath[1].title }}

Step 2 of 2 Step 2 of 3 All major credit cards and Paypal accepted

Get your free Honor Cards after checkout.
Billing Information
Enter your company name to see if your employer will match your gift.

If you have received a gift catalog in the mail please enter the highlighted code that begins with a "D" or a "P" in the source code box below. If you have not received a Heifer Gift Catalog please leave the source code blank.

Billing Address
Shipping Information

If you have received a gift catalog in the mail please enter the highlighted code that begins with a "D" or a "P" in the source code box below. If you have not received a Heifer Gift Catalog please leave the source code blank.

Shipping Address
Secured Checkout
Secured Checkout
Edit Basket Summary Edit {{ cartCheckoutPath[1].title }}

Payment Information

Step 3 of 3 All major credit cards and Paypal accepted

Get your free Honor Cards after checkout.

Payment Summary

Additional Impact {{ processingFee | currency }} Sub-total {{ cartSubTotal | currency }} Shipping Cost {{ orderShippingCost | currency }} NOT YET CALCULATED Tax Cost {{ orderTax | currency }} NOT YET CALCULATED Total {{ cartTotal | currency }}

Pay By Credit Card
Pay with PayPal logo
Pay with
We were not able to process your request. Please try again or contact Donor Services at 855.9HUNGER (855.948.6437).
Secured Checkout