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Ally

Mr. Rogers said to "look for the helpers." That's you. Often quiet and unassuming, you also have strong ideals and fight for what you believe in. The thing is, you rarely use these qualities for personal gain. Whether you're taking sugar to your neighbors, comforting a friend, or volunteering your time for a charity, you take care of people. You're changing the world one person at a time.

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Making it happen for others

When Alphonsine, Charlotte and Esperance learned that 43 percent of Rwandan children under 5 years of age were chronically malnourished, they didn't hesitate to take action, offering a total of 152 gallons of milk from their yearly collections to children in the community rather than selling it for their own gain.

In addition to her own five children, Alphonsine supports 18 children from her daily milk supply that would have otherwise earned her $35 a month. Charlotte's home constantly bustles as children walk in and out to drink their daily "gift." Esperance, a single mother of five, offers two quarts a day to two families living near her.

When asked why she gives away the milk, Alphonsine smiled and said, "I just can't help it — I have been given a gift and it is all worth it when I see these children looking healthy, like my own children."

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The children are excited to receive delicious milk.

Rebuilding Nepal, one road at a time

More than a year after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, the women and staff in Heifer’s projects began forging their own paths to provide relief after the disaster.

“We felt like we had to do something. We’d been working in these areas for so many years. It was like it had happened inside the family,” said Neena Joshi, director of programs for Heifer Nepal.

In Tupche village, the Pragatasil Women’s Group mobilized almost as quickly as the Heifer Nepal staff. Just two days after the disaster — with 19 of the groups’ 25 families living together under tarps strung between trees — the group called an emergency meeting. The earthquake had blocked the single path into the village, cutting off help for the many injured who needed medical attention.

So, the women decided to build a road.Together with six other Heifer-formed self-help groups, the women of the Pragatasil group divided the area into seven sections and got to work. They took whatever tools they had, shovels, wheelbarrows—even their bare hands — and began digging. Even with each woman putting in four or five hours of work a day, it took more than three weeks to finish the 4-mile road.

“Even though we don’t have homes we have this road,” said group member Devi Rijal. Now you can see that not just ambulances but trucks and motorbikes can travel through the village. It makes us feel very proud.”

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“We felt like we had to do something. We’d been working in these areas for so many years. It was like it had happened inside the family,” said Neena Joshi, director of programs for Heifer Nepal.

you are an:

Entrepreneur

You more than likely share Helen Keller’s motto that life is either "a daring adventure or nothing at all." Your strong work ethic means you can analyze and dissect problems and come to a solution easily. You live in the moment and dive into action at every turn. People are drawn to your dynamic "go-for-it" attitude, and they will generally follow your lead. Continue being a bold and fearless leader!

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Mama Yogurt

Joyce Ayiku received a dairy cow from Heifer International four years ago. What she and others soon discovered was that there was little to no market for the excess milk the cows were providing. So they took their problem to Heifer, who encouraged them to process the milk into yogurt. Heifer also connected them with marketing professionals who advised them on how to sell their product, which was unfamiliar to most in the area.

Now, Joyce can't even make enough yogurt to keep up with the demand. The 34 other dairy farmers in her group sell their excess milk more often to Joyce than to anyone else. She makes yogurt from all that milk and stores it in her home's four freezers.

Her yogurt is also on the shelves of two supermarkets, and she also sells to schools and churches in her area. She makes her own labels with the help of her son who is in college thanks to the money she's made, and she is in the process of building a new processing facility on her property.

And she's not done. She envisions her own Joy Natural Yogurt plant with a cooking room, a freezing room and a packing room, as well as a stand-alone yogurt shop, too.

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Joyce preparing her famous yogurt cups

Nepal Farmer finds success on her own

A couple of years ago, Mithu and her husband were struggling to provide for their family. Her husband decided to leave home to pursue employment as a construction worker, leaving Mithu to raise their two sons. Despite his new job, the family still did not have enough income to meet their needs.

Mithu received one nanny goat through Heifer International's the Sustainable Community Development project?, and after a few short months she began making a profit from it. With her new income, Mithu decided to increase the size of her farm.

Mithu’s group, the Pratibha Social Entrepreneur Women’s Cooperative, was registered in 2012. The cooperative offered farmers easy access to loans at affordable interest rates. Mithu borrowed $1,000 at 16 percent interest and reinvested the profit from her goats to start a vegetable farm.

Eventually, Mithu increased the size of her farm to almost a full acre and has added cauliflower, cabbage and other vegetables. She also raises dairy cattle, a female goat, and poultry. Mithu’s farm brings in about $500 a month.

Sometimes Mithu hires help during peak vegetable seasons, but for the most part she manages the entire farm on her own. Visitors come by every day to look at her farm and learn from her experiences.

“Some of them congratulate me for my success and some thank me for inspiring them to do something on their own,” Mithu says. “Their feedback fills me up with joy and motivation.”

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Mithu received a goat from the project and immediately began making a profit.

Pilipine’s Determination to Make Her Dairy Dreams Come True

Age does not matter to Pilipine Geldore, a Heifer Philippines dairy farmer. At 52, despite receiving little encouragement and even discouraging words from her friends and neighbors, she enthusiastically joined the Guinabsan Dairy Farmers Association (GDFA) and welcomed her first heifer, Lalay.

She says that most of her kin discouraged her because she lives alone with no one to help her care for the cow. They told her that she is getting too old and the cow would only burden her. But Pilipine held her ground.

Pilipine believes that as one grows older, one should be more involved in the community and not let time pass in idleness. In fact, Pilipine is so active in the GDFA that the group elected her bookkeeper.

“I would grow frail if I had nothing to do,” she says with a smile.

Pilipine admits it is not always easy to take care of Lalay, but she does it singlehandedly. Pilipine is barely 5 feet tall and weighs less than 100 pounds, and Lalay is a Holstein cow that weighs more than a thousand pounds. To those naysayers who discouraged her, Pilipine tells them that Lalay is like family and gives her strength to wake up in the morning.

Dairy farming is challenging and not for the weakhearted, but Pilipine has a dream. One of her nieces is interested in becoming a dairy farmer. The duo have plans to expand the pen and, with Lalay’s motherly touch, raise more dairy cows.

Pilipine is currently clearing a parcel of her land to plant more grass, and she is saving to build a new cow shed in preparation for a larger herd. And thanks to the extra income that she is now receiving from Lalay’s milk, she feels confident that she will reach her goal.

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Though she cares for Lalay on her own, Pilipine's hard work has inspired her niece to become a dairy farmer, too.

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Den Mother

Your skills of caring for others reaches super-hero heights. Whether you've got children of your own, or care for friends and family, you're the one who corrals the group and gets them where they're going. Not only that, but you also make sure all the needs are met and then some. You've got Kleenex and snacks in your bag and even thought about bringing toys for people to play with in waiting rooms, didn't you? We all secretly envy your strong sense of responsibility.

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Family Business is Booming in Honduras

Members of a cooperative in the Marcala region of Honduras look to 34-year-old Alba Rosa Claros as an innovative leader. Alba is not only a successful entrepreneur, she is a motivational speaker. Thanks to her success, she is frequently asked to visit other countries to talk to women about her experiences and encourage these budding entrepreneurs.

"We work as a team, as a family. Meaningful change is the most important thing for us," Alba said. "I changed, and it was not easy, but now I can see that my children have a different mindset. Those are the things that stay with us and that are not going anywhere."

After seeing the changes in her own family that have happened from being a part of Heifer, Alba wants to see her neighbors find the same success.

"My dream is to see several families in the community continue implementing all of this," she said.

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Alba says she changed, and it was not easy, but now she can see that her children have a different mindset.

Cambodian Woman Learns She Can Shape Her Future

Prok Mom, 38, is a mother of nine children and a member of the Strey Aphiwat Self-Help Group (SHG) in Peany, a village in Cambodia's Takeo province. Mom’s family is considered to be the poorest in the village. Her husband and one of their sons work in Thailand. The couple has a daughter who works at a garment factory in the city and another son who works on another family's farm. Prok Mom stays busy raising their six small children, the youngest of which is a one-year-old girl, at home in their village.

Prok Mom, along with 24 neighbor women and their families, formed a self-help group in June 2012. While some group members started preparing animal shelters and home gardens, Prok Mom, without her husband and adult children home to help, did not. Although she completed animal training, she was not confident to start such a project on her own and decided to wait for her husband to send her money so that she could hire someone to do the construction for her, but after consulting with a community facilitator, Prok Mom started thinking that maybe she could start building a standard animal shelter and a home garden. She also planned to build a basic latrine for her family. 

“At first, I didn’t know who would help me," she said. "I really worried about it. Sometimes, I think a poor woman like me can’t do it. With support and encouragement from staff and Heifer to have a habit of ‘I can do it,’ and I am thinking about exchanging labor with others. I can help other families in exchange for help to do the things that require heavy labor, such as digging a latrine and making animal shelters.”

Prok Mom's confidence in her abilities has increased through participation in Heifer's trainings, support she receives from project staff, and successes she has received thus far. She actively considers the future and works to improve life for her family. “Three months from now, I will have a complete home garden and animals," she said. "I have to plant vegetables to improve my family’s consumption and for my animals' feed. I am so excited that I changed my habit of waiting for money from my husband and children. Now, I can do it.”

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Prok Mom started thinking that maybe she could start building a standard animal shelter and a home garden. She also planned to build a basic latrine for her family.

Kimsara Nurtures Her Community

In Nepal, Kimsara Khadka waits for the young girls from her neighboring village to return from their daily trip to the forest to collect fodders for their livestock. She prepared boiled pumpkins and milk for them.

“It is a hard life,” Kimsara said. “They spend hours in the woods collecting fodders and will have to make a long journey back home. I know they will be hungry, so I prepare lunch for them every day.”

Kimsara, who is now 56 years old, grew up an orphan. She married her husband at the age of 17, but even then, she never knew what a mother’s love and care felt like. Her mother-in-law treated her poorly because she couldn’t bear children for the first several years of her marriage. After she gave birth to two children, the relation was still sour.

Today, Kimsara is referred as Aama, or “mother,” by everyone in her village. To them, she has become the person she never had in her own life.

Kimsara is a role model to everyone in her community. She is the president of of Jeewan Jyoti Namuna Women’s Group and, with Heifer, helps other women form their own self-help groups

“I want to help the people from my community until my last breath,” Kimsara said. “I have wasted enough of my time feeling sorry for myself and lamenting on my ill fate. With the knowledge I have received from Heifer’s trainings, I feel strong enough to make a difference in my community, and that is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

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Today, Kimsara is referred as Aama, or mother, by everyone in her village. To them, she has become the person she never had in her own life.

you are an:

Artist

You have a strong aesthetic, and whether it's your clothes, your home, or your desk at work, it's all well-appointed. You have a taste for the finer things, or can even make them in your spare time. You're a keen observer and recognize quality when you see it. Your talents and tastes are unparalleled among your friend group. Thanks for making the world beautiful.

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Tres Alpaquitas artist gains confidence

Like the other members of Tres Alpaquitas, a cooperative of alpaca farmers and artisans in the Marcapata district, Julia Monroy learned to knit and weave in the distinctive Andean style from her parents and neighbors. These skills, combined with the know-how to cultivate potatoes and other high-altitude crops, have helped families eke out a bare-bones existence in the remote Peruvian highlands for centuries.

Monroy devotes lots of time to caring for the dozens of alpacas that live in a large pen spreading up the slope behind her house, and all of that attention is starting to pay off. "The youngest alpacas have better fleece after two seasons of strategic breeding and improved fodder, Monroy said. "[The fleece is] softer and not as thick."

With no electricity, no windows, and only a tiny door, the interior of her house is dim event at midday. Still, the high-contrast patterns of her weavings stand out. Shy at first, Monroy gained confidence as she went along, eventually modeling a poncho made of brightly colored sheep's wool, tightly woven to be water resistant.

Part of Heifer's work in Lacco and other highland communities is to boost women's leadership skills and self-confidence to help them succeed in the marketplace. Extreme modesty handicaps women like Monroy, who seem genuinely unaware of their talents and contributions.

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With no electricity, no windows, and only a tiny door, the interior of her house is dim event at midday. Still, the high-contrast patterns of her weavings stand out.

The Knitterati

Anyone with an arsenal of pointy needles and a yarn addiction knows Clara Parkes, editor of the beloved Knitter’s Review and author of New York Times bestseller Knitlandia. She stays exceedingly busy designing patterns, baking, writing, teaching classes and spinning wool. Last year, Knitters Review Team Heifer page raised more than $30,000.

When she launched Knitter’s Review in 2000, Clara had no idea it would become her work or her life. "I simply had to write about a topic I loved—namely yarn—and I saw that other knitters had a need for this information," she said. "Little did I know that I was there at the very beginning of perhaps the greatest boom in knitting history."

"You have to do a lot of juggling to make this kind of life work," said Clara. "There is no model, no set career path to follow. You’re making it up as you go along. You also have to have faith that it’s all going to work out. It’s not the life for everyone."

Clara says that she has discovered that knitting, in particular, offers an ideal way to experience the world. It gives you an instant opening. People see you working the very same motions they may know how to make, that they watched their mothers and grandmothers make, and the cross-cultural inhibitions evaporate almost instantly.

"I can’t count the number of wonderful encounters I’ve had that were sparked by yarn and needles," she said. "People trust you, they open up."

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"I can’t count the number of wonderful encounters I’ve had that were sparked by yarn and needles," Clara said. "People trust you, they open up."

Who's standing behind you?

  • "I am inspired by the women that came before me – who couldn’t achieve their dreams but paved the way for others. My mom was told she couldn’t be a successful engineer and have a family. She sacrificed her chosen career so she could raise strong powerful children who could succeed in ways she never dreamed possible." -Linda Rogers
  • "I am inspired every day by the woman I work with. They are smart, sharp, dedicated, kind and supportive. They are a constant reminder, whether they know it or not, that my success is controlled by me. I know they will always push me to reach my potential." -Bethany Hermes
  • “I am inspired by my coworker, Marcia. She is an incredible woman, wonderful friend and fabulous mentor. She sets a high bar and positive example in how she treat others, her professional conduct and not being afraid to dream big. I am very lucky to have her in my life.” -Ellen Brown
  • “My inspiration is my Gram. At the age of 35, and with 5 children, she followed her dream of becoming an RN and enrolled in nursing school in the early Sixties. Despite the challenges, she achieved the top exit exam score in the state of Arkansas her graduating year, and spent the next 30 years as a wonderful and gifted neonatal nurse.” -Suzanne Munson
  • "My inspiration is my next door neighbor, Chris. She never ceases to show me how kindness is beautiful, how everyone is worth my time, how giving is better than receiving. The world is better because she exists." -Mandy Hornbuckle
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