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How Heifer Works
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Goats and bees and water buffalo are useful—but there’s more to our success! Learn more about the ways Heifer makes a difference in the communities where we work.
We work to connect farmers with value chains that provide an increase in income. Multiplied by strong social capital and women’s empowerment, our work results in a sustainable solution to world hunger and poverty. Heifer’s practice of Passing on the Gift® transforms recipients into donors and helps build strong, resilient communities.
Topics in this theme:
- Heifer 101
- Passing on the Gift®
- Women’s Empowerment
- Social Capital
- Value Chains
- Natural Disaster Preparedness & Recovery
Heifer 101: Describes the basics of Heifer’s history, approach and practices; Gives stories from Senegal, Cambodia and Nepal, as well as historical documents from Heifer’s early days.
Passing on the Gift: Explores Heifer’s signature practice of Passing on the Gift; Gives stories from Honduras, Zambia, Nepal, Zimbabwe; Activities and videos help students investigate the impact of Passing on the Gift.
Women’s Empowerment: Explains research about the impact of women on farming/agriculture. Describes how Heifer projects are structured to empower women and girls; Gives stories from India, Nepal, Rwanda, Haiti, Peru.
Value chains: Defines and explains value chains and how they fit into Heifer’s work; Gives stories from East Africa (dairy development), Central America (cardamom growers cooperative), South America (chocolate farmers; acai in the Amazon)
Social capital: Defines and explains social capital, how it plays out in our lives and in the lives of Heifer project participants; Gives stories from Vietnam, Nicaragua, Kenya and United States. Rich discussion questions allow students to examine how they use social capital.
Natural Disaster Preparedness & Recovery: Shares examples of the local and organizational preparation for and response when disasters strike Heifer projects; Gives stories from Malawi, Haiti, Nepal, Guatemala, Ecuador, Philippines. Includes examples and information about how organizations can learn and change based on lessons learned from disaster response.