Goat project for economic empowerment of women in rural uganda
Over the past several year, URF has focused on designing projects that have the potential to become self-sustaining. In December 2014, we gave goats to 35 women from different villages. The expected income from the project will go toward their household needs such as the education of their children. The project will be self-sustaining; the first offspring will be passed to another woman in the women’s group of over 300 women.
Additionally, we have set up the Hope Goats Farm to to serve as a demonstration farm for students and local community.
Goats are sustainable income sources and are low maintenance animals. They produce two to four kids per year which can be sold or kept for reproduction. Goats are low cost to maintain as they feed on local grass. The grass also provides health benefits minimizing the need for multiple expensive vaccinations. Goats are used for food and milk. The skin is used for fabrics, shoes and house mats. The drops and urine can also be used for manure. The income generated is primarily used to pay for school fees, purchase basic needs such as food and clothes and fund other business opportunities.