Livestock for Sustainable Livelihoods

Sauti Moja empowers vulnerable mothers by providing livestock (camels, goats, and donkeys) which help them earn income, feed their children better, and experience restored dignity and hope.

 

Community livestock banks are established in remote communities. They loan livestock to vulnerable mothers (young widows, single moms and abandoned mothers), who pay off their loans by giving livestock offspring to other vulnerable mothers in the community.

 

Beneficiaries are trained in animal husbandry and, until their loan is paid off, are provided with veterinary medicines to help combat common diseases and insect pests. Livestock health is monitored by staff throughout this period.

 

Family health training enhances the benefit from the livestock investment. The curriculum includes reproductive health, family planning, gender-based violence, and child health and nutrition. Health of mothers and children is monitored throughout the project, and these, and women become health advocates in their village.

 

A few livestock banks, which have widows from communities in conflict, have integrated peacemaking. We facilitate conflict resolution, and each woman demonstrates reconciliation by passing on offspring to a woman of the ‘enemy’ tribe, which was responsible for killing her husband and stealing her livestock. Read more about this project and/or watch a video about peacemaking.

Donate a goat ($75), donkey ($250) or camel ($800), now, and transform the life of a single mother.

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