Florence Komakech, 53, feeds her cow sweet potato peels to distract her during milking.

Impact Stories About Your Support in Action

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As a part of Friends of Heifer®, your generous support each month is making a profound difference in the lives of Heifer project participants around the world. Read these exclusive stories about how your support helps lift families out of hunger and poverty.

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Brothers Isauro and Carlos Reyes, and Isauro’s wife, Aryeri have been involved in the Heifer training program: Farmer Field Schools — a teaching ground where farmers can try out ideas, share knowledge, identify problems and investigate solutions. After taking advantage of all the training opportunities, they transformed their family’s ability to not just survive, but to thrive, as farmers.

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group was participating in a field school called Escuela de Campo or ECA that teach certain skills to farmers in the area.

Recent Impact Stories

Learn more about Food Producers Are First Responders!.
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Food Producers Are First Responders!

COVID-19 has caused great hardship among small-scale farmers but with your support, families worldwide are lifted out of poverty, building long-lasting livelihoods and a brighter future for their children.

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Learn more about Life Is Good.
Madan Kumar Budha and his wife Basmati Budha with their goats.

Life Is Good

Life is good on the Budha’s farm, where they live in a house surrounded by healthy goats, chickens and water buffalo. Through the Pragatishil self-help group that Heifer organized, Basmati received training in animal management, nutrition and breeding; planting fodder and kitchen gardens.

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Learn more about Water Has Brought Back Our Dignity.
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Water Has Brought Back Our Dignity

While Heifer’s work has always focused on hunger, poverty and environmental sustainability, in recent years, we realized that water needed to be a focus as well — because without community access and management of water, our project participants simply cannot achieve their goals.

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Learn more about The Caregiver.
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The Caregiver

Savi’s life began to brighten in 2018 when Heifer launched a project in her community designed to help small-scale farmers like her bring their goods to market.

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Learn more about Confidence and Cattle.
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Confidence and Cattle

Mayra Jiménez Santiago is one of the many women who have benefited from the Rural Entrepreneurs project. With her cows and her newfound confidence, she is proving that women can run a farm — and make a profit doing it.

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Learn more about Food For All.
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Food for All

Josephine Mutuku and her husband, Joseph, learned how to increase the milk productivity and production of their cows after joining the Food for All project. With lessons they learned from Heifer, the couple was able to earn a steady income and pass along their knowledge to other dairy farmers.

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Learn more about Spinning Bright Futures.
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Spinning Bright Futures

Maria and her husband, Pascual, were just barely getting by until Heifer came into their lives — then things began to change for the better. They have participated in two Heifer projects; one offered training to help farmers get more value from their livestock, the second deepened their knowledge to include sorting and spinning wool from alpacas.

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Learn more about Juana’s Reason to Fight.
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Juana’s Reason to Fight

Life hasn’t always been easy for Juana Maria Chavez and her family. With the help of Heifer, Juana has been able to establish a successful egg production business. “We are very happy,” she says, of the progress they have made. At first, she says, “people would place orders, and I didn’t have enough. Now I sell out every day.”

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Learn more about Suktara & Sohorab Learn To Shine Together.
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Suktara & Sohorab Learn to Shine Together

When Suktara Begum married Sohorab Hossai at age 20, she accepted the severe restrictions traditionally placed on Bangladeshi wives. But after Heifer’s gender and justice training, Suktara started asking questions — and making changes in her life. The training sparked change in Sohorab, too.

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Past Impact Stories

Learn more about A Pillar of Her Community.
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A Pillar of Her Community

Thanks to your monthly gifts as a Friend of Heifer, women like Aeysha can find the strength to build skills, increase their incomes, and become self-reliant. Many become leaders like Aeysha, lifting their own and other families out of poverty.

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Learn more about Preserving Her Heritage.
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Preserving Her Heritage

With the help of Heifer, Rosalinda and her group created increasing numbers of intricately designed garments dyed and woven with the ruby red of cochinillas and colors from other natural dyes.

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Learn more about Benjamin’s Burgeoning Business .
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Benjamin’s Burgeoning Business

Benjamin loves to learn and hoped one day to become a teacher. His family did not have enough money for him or his siblings to go beyond primary school. But today thanks to your support, Benjamin is learning again.

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Learn more about Florence’s Amazing Optimism.
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Florence’s Amazing Optimism

Heifer taught Florence how to properly feed and care for her cow as well as good breeding practices. From the sale of milk and cattle, Florence was able to put all four of her children through school.

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Learn more about Save Today to Have Tomorrow.
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Save Today to Have Tomorrow

After Heifer sent Santos to a three-month training in financial management, she returned with the knowledge and drive to create a savings bank. It has a dozen members who call themselves “Save Today to Have Tomorrow.”

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Learn more about A Mother's Entrepreneurship Reunites Her Family.
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A Mother’s Entrepreneurship Reunites Her Family

With the family’s most basic needs met, Sharada Devi has begun to make plans for the future. She hopes to buy land and build a better house with space for more goats.

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Learn more about Zacarías Xol Cuc - Mayor, Businessman, Father.
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Zacarías Xol Cuc - Mayor, Businessman, Father

Look at Zacarías’ life today as a successful farmer and father — a transformation that is due to your support!

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Learn more about Wheybrow’s Way with Words and Roida's Faith in the Future.
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Wheybrow’s Way With Words and Roida’s Faith in the Future

This month we explore the lives of Wheybrow Mwampashi, his wife Roida Mwamlima, their son Benjamin, and daughter Beatrice.

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Learn more about From Family Farmer To Egg Enterprise.
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From Family Farmer to Egg Enterprise

What does it look like to be a mother and thriving egg entrepreneur in northwestern Mexico? Learn about Georgina’s hard work and egg enterprise.

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Learn more about Clean Water Changes Lives in Senegal.
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Clean Water Changes Lives in Senegal

For thousands of families like Khardiata’s in northeastern Senegal, finding clean water will no longer be a problem thanks to a solar-powered well that Heifer is drilling.

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Learn more about How A Widow Unlocked Her Inner Strength.
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How a Widow Unlocked Her Inner Strength

Jit is a leader who uses her determination and skills to lift up her family, her friends and her community.

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Learn more about Edith, Clara and Lubia: Three Entrepreneurs Shattering Stereotypes.
Edith, Lubia, and Clara. Three women that are part of a beekeeping cooperative in Chiapas.

Edith, Clara and Lubia: Three Entrepreneurs Shattering Stereotypes

Meet Edith, Lubia and Clara; they are among a handful of women who belong to Sociedad Flor de Copal, a beekeeping cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico.

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Learn more about Two of the Fifteen Thousand Families Heifer Helped in Vietnam .
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Two of the Fifteen Thousand Families Heifer Helped in Vietnam

In 2014, Heifer began working in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, where many families lived on less than $1 per day. The Dairy Development project worked to change that.

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Learn more about Chea Ti and Men Ein: From Survivors to Success.
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Chea Ti and Men Ein: From Survivors to Success

After years of struggle, Ti and Ein now preside over a thriving farm. With the training they received from Heifer, they now know how to properly care for their chickens.

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