Our Work

Accelerating the path to living incomes

Nutritious food. Shelter. Clean water. A decent education. Access to health care. And a safe and secure environment.

All fundamental for a life free from hunger and poverty. Yet millions of people can’t afford them.

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Our Goal: Living Incomes

Nutritious food. Shelter. Clean water. A decent education. Access to health care. And a safe and secure environment.

All fundamental for a life free from hunger and poverty. Yet millions of people can’t afford them.

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821 million people go to bed hungry every night. Let's change that.

Work Areas

Learn more about Economic Development.
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Economic Development

We work with farmers and their communities to identify opportunities within value chains that deliver living incomes.

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Learn more about Environmental Sustainability.
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Environmental Sustainability

We believe women-led, small-scale farming is the future of our economy and our relationship with the Earth.

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Learn more about Food Security and Nutrition.
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Food Security and Nutrition

With increased productivity of livestock and crops, farmers provide for their families and improve the health of their communities.

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Learn more about Risk Mitigation and Resilience.
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Risk Mitigation and Resilience

We help people forge the first connections so that they can shift from subsistence to sustainability – from reliance on others to resilience.

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Learn more about Women's Empowerment and Social Capital.
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Women’s Empowerment and Social Capital

Investing in women is key to ending hunger and poverty. And it’s at the very center of our community development approach.

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Our Model

We work in 21 countries around the world alongside local farmers and business owners. We support farmers and their communities as they mobilize and envision their futures, provide training so they can improve the quantity and quality of the goods they produce, and connections to market to increase sales and incomes.
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Community Mobilization

Our teams and partners work and invest alongside farmers as they grow their businesses.

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Training

Learning new techniques allows farmers to scale their businesses.

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Learn more about Connection to Markets.

Connection to Markets

We help make market linkages so farmers can sell their goods at a better price.

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Values-based community development

Our model serves as a platform for other partnerships and support.

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Technology and Innovation

We connect farmers to technologies to improve production and help them manage and scale their businesses.

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Impact Investing

We provide targeted financial support that propels farmers toward self-reliance.

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Partnerships

Values-based partnerships focus on social, environmental and financial returns

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Explore our projects

Learn more about East Africa Dairy Development Project.

East Africa Dairy Development Project

Dairy farmers in East Africa face many barriers to entering the formal economy.

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Learn more about Hatching Hope.

Hatching Hope

An efficient, productive poultry farm can change everything for farmers, their families, and their communities.

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Learn more about East Africa Youth Inclusion Project.

East Africa Youth Inclusion Project

The majority of Uganda and Tanzania’s populations are youth, who grow up in poverty.

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Learn more about Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative.

Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative

Farmers operating on their own typically face many costly challenges that keep their earnings down.

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Learn more about Bihar Socio-economic Development Project, India.

Bihar Socio-Economic Development Project, India

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.

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Female goat farmers participating in Bihar Socio-economic Development Project, India.
Learn more about Blue Flames Project - Senegal.

Blue Flames Project - Senegal

Historically, getting fuel to cook with in Senegal has been difficult and harsh on the environment.

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Learn more about Dairy Network in the Andes – Ecuador.

Dairy Network in the Andes – Ecuador

Through coordination and financial services, farmers are able to enter formal markets and meet bigger orders.

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Learn more about Empowering Women Farmers in Nepal.

Empowering Women Farmers in Nepal

Heifer works with farmer cooperatives to improve financial management and link them to distribution markets

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Learn more about INCOME Project, Cambodia.

INCOME Project, Cambodia

Through specialized production techniques, cooperatives and connections to local markets, Cambodian families earn living incomes.

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INCOME project, Cambodia
Learn more about Lenca II Project, Honduras .

Lenca II Project, Honduras

Lempira, located in western Honduras, is the country’s poorest department.

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Lenca II, Honduras
Learn more about Leveraging Success, Honduras .

Leveraging Success, Honduras

Heifer provides training and technical support for farmers to boost yields of quality, reliable products for high-value markets.

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Learn more about NIKA Milk Project.

NIKA Milk Project

Supporting farming families in Nicaragua’s ‘Milky Way,’ to increase production and diversify their product offerings.

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NIKA Milk project
Learn more about Rural Entrepreneurs Project, Mexico.

Rural Entrepreneurs Project, Mexico

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.

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Learn more about Women's Empowerment and Entrepreneurship project, Guatemala.

Women’s Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Project, 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.

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Women's Empowerment and Entrepreneurship project, Guatemala