In 2010 I started the donations of goats in Kisele, a village off the highway, south of Dar es Salaam. This village has women who have little, but work hard each day. This is the norm in the rural areas of Tanzania; the women carry the burden. I thought the donation of goats would give them milk for their children and income when the herd grew.
There were three women’s groups: Jipemoyo, Mpilu, and Matokayo. I gave each group two female goats and a male to share for propagation. Two years later two groups have eleven goats between them. And several of the females are pregnant again. This is a good number considering all the goats born are not female, and therefore do not reproduce. The third group, Mpilu, has none. I think they ate their goats or the number would be higher. That is their choice. From my home in the U.S., I cannot say what is right or wrong. If my family is hungry, I will feed them with the animals that I see in front of me. Living in the Bush calls for survival. We see the future, but they only see the present.
In 2011 I donated goats and chickens to two women’s groups in Mkamba. The five goats I gave them have multiplied to fourteen so we are grandparents again. They now have eight females, some of which are pregnant. Unfortunately they also have six males which they need to sell. I am pleased with how this Project is progressing.
I bought ten chickens to give them last year. This is the goose that laid the golden egg. These ten have grown into 183 chickens. This is fantastic! They are eating the eggs, selling the eggs, and eating and selling the chickens. I am so happy.
I need to buy chickens to donate again this year. I will buy them from these women in Mkamba and donate them to Dr. Amani in Kisarawe 2 who will give them to the women’s groups in his village. This is the man who is giving from his own pocket to help the village. I trust him as I know he will follow through on this donation. Another success story in Tanzania.