The Goat Project Uganda causes incredible changes for women in Uganda, and their communities. First, in many cases, the goats are the first things the women have had that actually belong to them, which gives them a great boost of self-esteem and pride. This also increases their impact and bargaining power in their communities, especially with men. Second, the beneficiaries form women's discussion groups after they receive their goats, resulting in a welcoming community for them to be able to ask for help and advice, which they may not have had before. The goats help the women of the community connect and grow stronger as a group, giving them a place to form relationships based not only on the goats, but also on other challenges they face. However, the most gratifying impact the goats can make are the material and economic boosts the women receive. From the proceeds from selling their goats, once-impoverished women have been able to:
Purchase a tin roof for their home
Build larger homes for them and their children, instead of staying in a cramped grass hut
Acquire land to grow food for their families
Pay for their children’s education, therefore preventing future systemic poverty
Acquire land for alternate businesses such as gravel or farming
Buy cows for milk, either to drink or sell (therefore again providing a source of regular income)
Continue breeding their goats and become “big” goat farmers (providing a source of regular income)
Use goat droppings to enrich the soil and grow better crops
As of Sept, 2018, we have more than 549 beneficiaries at 37 centers!
42 women have so far been released from the project after attaining to at least five goats, and over 40 more are soon to be released. The Goat Project Uganda, as a grassroots economic empowerment scheme, has proven to be very viable, and at a much smaller cost of operation compared to other projects of the same mindset. The project is receiving very uplifting results from the beneficiaries and has even garnered attention from government officials for its simple yet effective results.
This house is being built for the family of a beneficiary. She is using proceeds from her goat herd to fund construction stages. She has purchased tin for the roof, and is saving now for the wooden beams.
Additional livestock: It is a dream of most women to own a cow. A cow will provide milk for her family, and its offspring fetch the equivalent of a year's wages. This women sold a few of her goats to buy a cow. (The community keeps its cows together for safety.) The cow is now pregnant and she still has 5 goats. She plans to keep several goats always, in order to fund her children's education. The gift of a single goat has enabled her to dramatically change the future for her family.