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Heifer International

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We work globally, along side the communities we serve, providing livestock and training in sustainable agricultural practices to create the most favorable opportunity for families.
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Ever since moving to Memphis, I’ve dreamed of visiting the Heifer International facilities, especially the Heifer Village and Urban Farm. Little Rock is only a couple hours away by car, and the charity’s work has always interested me. (I got my start in the nonprofit world working with the national parks, so I really value Heifer’s roots in sustainability.) Given the opportunity to write this post, I knew I had to at least suggest a site visit! I thought it was a long shot considering we are living through a global pandemic – but the stars aligned, and a visit…

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When the East African Youth Inclusion project formed the Zirobwe Kalagala hub in Uganda, Mpiima Mohamed joined of one of the hub’s beneficiary groups, Situka Youth Development. Before joining, Mohamed had dropped out of high school because his parents couldn’t afford his education. He began engaging in small-scale tomato farming on his family’s land. While he had the skills to grow tomatoes, Mohamed did not have access to the capital required to expand his business into a large-scale operation. Upon joining the project, Mohamed received training in business development that enabled him to see opportunities to expand his harvest. He engaged in the group’s saving and lending activities from which he borrowed small loans to invest in his business and expand his tomato garden. Mohamed had saved $135, but it was not enough for the garden size he had always wanted, so he borrowed $270. He used the total funds…