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Heifer International

Heifer International receives fiscal donations from individuals which contribute to purchasing an animal (or in this case, livestock) that they then donate to a family or a village in need. This livestock produces byproducts such as milk, eggs, wool/fur and fertilizer to help sustain a community. In addition, once livestock produces there will be meat available for additional consumption. Individuals in urban and suburban areas do not necessarily understand what a blessing it is for a village to receive such a gift. The best part is- once the animals start to reproduce they donate the offspring to another family or community to “pass on the gift.”


To End Hunger & Poverty Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.

With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer projects help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.

Read some of the inspiring Success Stories from our partners around the globe that have had their lives changed as a result of Heifer’s work.

Bringing an End to World Hunger Through Unimaginable Blessings

Today, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh vegetables.
Families who for generations knew only poverty will be building new homes and starting businesses.

Children who once headed out to the fields to do backbreaking work will be heading into schoolrooms to learn to read.

And people who never thought they’d be in a position to help someone else will be experiencing the joy of charitable giving.

How is this possible?

With Heifer’s proven approach – more than 65 years in the making – to helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.

Cornerstones guide our efforts to end world hunger and care for the earth.

Long-Term Solutions emphasizing community involvement distinguish our work from that of global relief organizations.

“Passing on the Gift” means recipients agree to share the offspring of gift animals with others in need, making them equal partners with Heifer in the fight to end world hunger.

Animal Well-Being guidelines are strictly reinforced with professional veterinary training staff.

The Zero-Grazing Method is a way to raise livestock in shelters that keep them safe from disease and predators, while also keeping the animals from harming crops and vegetation.

Disaster Rehabilitation, with long-term, sustainable development the goal of Heifer’s rehabilitation projects.

How We Measure Success shows how people’s lives have permanently changed since Heifer came along.





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