ReConnect Goat Project Update

By the end of Spring 2014, the team will have purchased and distributed 360 mature female goats, and all of the beneficiary families are receiving training in goat husbandry and financial management as we go along.

This month (April 2014) marks an important step in the project.  The team (local NGO) is out collecting half of the offspring from the first distribution just over a year ago.  This half will then be redistributed to other beneficiaries.  The success of this phase gives evidence to the reproducible/sustainable nature of the project.
Here are a couple of quotes from those blessed by Wheatland Salem's willingness to share the gospel in a very tangible way:

Ahmad's Story (edited for reasons of privacy ):
The society in which I live considers me inferior because of the color of my skin. We are called the "Marginalized Ones". My family and I have a small business -- we make brooms out of palm trees leaf. Once we complete a good quantity, we deliver them to the city to sell. However, the business is barely enough to provide for the whole family. I want to grow out of this societal classification and feel like a normal human. I think by making good money and having a nice house, my family and I will live with dignity. I see these goats as an opportunity to increase our income and finally reach that goal.  Because we make a little money out of the brooms, we can buy food for the goats. Consequently, the goats have become healthier and produced a lot of milk.  Now we also sell cheese beside the brooms. We are not going to sell any of goats, so the number of the goats will increase and eventually become yet another source of income. I have learned so much from the financial training course; the main thing that stuck with me is calculating my everyday expenses. I did not realize that I spend that much on a daily basis. Now I'm more frugal and think twice before spending a cent. The veterinary course was important for me too, since I didn't have much knowledge about goat farms. Thanks so much for the support.  God bless you."

Abdul Story (edited for confidentiality)
My name is Abdul. I used to work in the city as a cook but because of the security issues of the last few years, the restaurant's sales dropped until it finally had to close. I came back to the village feeling hopeless. However, through the help of this partnership with other villagers, I was given some goats with one condition -- that I have to share the offspring with my neighbors. When I received the goats, I felt better because I finally have some support. Since I received the goats, I have been working hard so I can repay the five goats at the end of the year and then have my own. Earlier this month, one of my goats was severely sick and many people told me that it was going to die and there is no need to try to save her, but I didn't listen to what they said. I borrowed $19 USD from my neighbors and took her to the veterinary clinic where an urgent surgery was performed and her life was saved. I also want to thank the program for providing vaccinations, which are extremely necessary for the goats.  And thank you for providing the financial training course.  This course made me more economical than I used to be.  The goat training course was also a good idea because I learned to recognize when a goat is sick and how to intervene to save it. Now I understand what community development is all about, and I myself am encouraged to help others in the same way I was helped.

Thank you Wheatland Salem for all that you have done to make these stories a reality.