Name: Elizabeth Rachel
Title: Gender and Youth Coordinator – EADD Project
When did you start working for Heifer?
I started working for Heifer on March 14, 2011. At the end of the 1st phase of EADD, my contract ended in October. I was glad to accept an employment offer again this year in February.
What attracted you to work for Heifer?
I come from a farming background; my mother is a small scale farmer. I had never heard of a values-based development model, and I was curious about the values of a non-faith based organization that was using values as a model for development.
What has been the most memorable experience you have had while working for Heifer?
On my orientation visit to Heifer projects in western Kenya I learned how one goat, two hens and a rooster had transformed the livelihoods of the community. It gave me a clear perspective of Heifer’s work and was a good starting point for me to constantly assess my commitment and contribution to Heifer’s mission to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.
My education includes: I hold a Bachelor of Education degree, and I am due to complete a diploma in Project Planning and Management. I am also pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Development and Management. I have done gender and livelihoods related courses online.
My hobbies include: Traveling, handwork (stitching, mat making, floral arrangements), debating, playing badminton, hockey, darts and scrabble.
My family consists of: My mother who turned 62 years old on July 11, my two sisters (one older, one younger). I also have a daughter who is 5 years old.
Something about me that you might not know: I played professional hockey. I am also a Sunday school teacher.
What is the best thing about working at Heifer?
I love how a gift and Heifer’s intervention contributes to the Millennium Development Goals. There is teamwork and ongoing commitment to see that farms improve on their productivity for improved household incomes.