Our Goal: Living Incomes

We do more than train farmers. We help them grow their incomes

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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.

Living Income Rawanda

Investing in farmers and business owners with the power to change entire communities.

At Heifer International, we invest in farmers and business owners around the world, because we know that having a secure source of income can be truly transformational for families and their communities.

We work with communities in 21 countries around the world as they strengthen local economies and build secure livelihoods that guarantee a living income to local farmers.
Heifer-Living-Income-Map
Heifer International has made living income benchmarks public for 19 of the countries we work in. Click the map to download them.
Farmers Living Income

A living income means thriving, not just surviving.

We define living income as the amount of money each person in a household needs per day to live a dignified life. When we start working with a community, together, we set a living income benchmark using existing data and data we gather from households in our project areas.

Heifer International determines local living income benchmarks during a project’s design stage, taking into account household needs such as a low-cost and nutritious diet, decent housing, other basic needs, and unexpected costs. With support from our in-country teams, project participants build sustainable businesses to close the gap between living incomes and their actual incomes. We convert living incomes benchmarks from local currency to United States Dollars for ease of international understanding.

Learn more about our projects in the field

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.

Learn More About Bihar Socio-economic Development Project, India
Female goat farmers participating in Bihar Socio-economic Development Project, India.
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

Work Areas

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.

About Environmental Sustainability
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.

About Food Security and Nutrition
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.

About Risk Mitigation and Resilience
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.

About Economic Development
Learn more about Women's Empowerment and Social Capital.
Women's Empowerment Malawi

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.

About Women's Empowerment and Social Capital