In an effort to foster a spirit of self-reliance among the youth, URF launched the goats project in 2014. The pilot project was implemented in partnership with students from University of Florida and Davidson College. 50 goats were given to students from Hope Academy to raise at home for income generation to support their education. The project will be self-sustaining; the first offspring will be passed on to another student.
In addition, a goat stable was constructed at URF to form the Hope Goat Farm starting with 5 goats. It serves as a demonstration farm for students and people from the 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.