Rose — who is responsible for caring for all ten of her children — is a hard-working woman who previously made ends meet by selling charcoal. With several children already in high school and several more that would soon be needing school fees, Rose relied on this income in order to feed her family and ensure that her children would be able to receive their education in full. However, when Coronavirus hit the country in 2020, the effects of the pandemic on Rose and her family were swift and severe. Rose’s business of selling charcoal suffered heavily, and she was no longer able to afford the fees necessary to send her children to school.
It seemed like a simple gift, but it was a gift that decisively altered the lives of Rose and her children: her family was given a goat.
Through our partnership with Nasha Ministries, families in need are given the gift of a single goat. The area surrounding Narok can be harsh and unforgiving to those who live there — an intolerant environment that makes it difficult for many animals to survive long enough to benefit their owners. Due to the dry heat and constant drought, there is not enough vegetation in order to sustain cattle. But goats are unique; they possess an innate resilience that has allowed them to flourish and thrive in a diverse number of habitats. In Kenya, they feed off of leaves and are capable of surviving in the event of a drought. In a region of the country already prone to poverty and malnutrition, the milk that these goats produce not only helps to sustain the individual family, but can also provide their owners with an important commodity — something they can sell in order to afford food, clothes, and school supplies. In some instances these goats even reproduce, meaning that it is a gift that truly keeps on giving.
For Rose, the goat she was given has provided a vast blessing to her and her family. The milk she receives helps to provide crucial nutrition, meaning that she doesn’t have to worry about her children having the distinctive extended bellies of malnourishment we sadly see so often in this part of the world. She is hopeful that the goats will soon produce enough milk for her to sell and that she will be able to use that profit to finally be able to return her children to school.
It seems like a simple gift. But for Rose and other families living in extreme poverty, the gift of one goat is not only enough to change their current circumstances — it can be enough to change their lives.