As one of the earliest domesticated agricultural animals, sheep have a deep, rooted connection with the development of human civilization. For centuries, mankind has relied on many different breeds of sheep for textiles, milk, grazing, and myriad other uses. Even today, sheep are an important part of the global agricultural economy.
This is particularly true in developing areas, including many places where Heifer International works. For decades, Heifer has provided sheep to struggling communities. Heifer also provides training to care for the sheep, and helps farm families improve their income and become self-sufficient.
Click through the gallery below to find out some of the ways Heifer participants have used sheep to forge better lives for themselves. Then, donate a sheep today to help even more families.