To start, project groups contact their local country office expressing interest in becoming Project Partners. After this initial contact, Country Directors make decisions on how to respond to the request based on several factors; these include the viability (strength) and location of group, stability of the area, accessibility to Heifer staff, etc.:
- Because of limited staff in Project Countries, the group has to be reasonably close to other projects and accessible to be a feasible project site.
- The area should be relatively stable and free from war and other dangerous situations.
- The request needs to come from an established group committed to working together (not an individual) and the group must have interest in using livestock to improve lives.
If these requirements are met, the Country Director or local Heifer staff will conduct a site visit to ensure the group has the minimum resources needed to make their project feasible (sufficient land, access to water, etc.). After the site visit, the Country Director or local Heifer staff will assist the project group in making their Project Plan.
If approved, the group will receive appropriate training and resources to prepare for the animals before the animals are delivered. This process can take six months to two years before animals are delivered.