Our goat family in eastern Congo is growing, and welcoming a new animal into the herd: chickens!
Originating with 50 goats, the husbandry program is expanding, and when members of the community gathered this June at the Mumosho Women’s Center, 31 additional families received goats, and 22 families took home a chicken. The chickens were primarily distributed amongst teen mothers who do not live at the women’s center, to provide eggs to help feed their children, and to raise up baby chicks to pass on to more families.
Currently, the goats help with feces to fertilize the small plots of land farmed by the members of the community. To provide nutritious goat’s milk and cheese will be the next step in the project, after finding the correct breed of goat that produces more milk.
As Amani noted when the program began, “When a baby goat is born, the family caring for the goat will return the baby to ABFEK to pass it on to another neighbor who is waiting. Paying forward the good in their lives, providing more milk to drink and sell, the community will grow stronger, Amani explains. Which is why the project is called, ‘My goat is your goat.'”
The addition of our feathered friends means it’s time for a name change…
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|Families meeting their goats, June 2014.|
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