You Get My Goat

Since Oxfam Unwrapped was launched, thousands of people have enjoyed donating goats, chickens and even latrines in honour of their friends and family members.

Ethiopia GoatOur Unwrapped program supports six partners in the Horn and East Africa region who run small livestock projects that focus on women and promote self-sufficiency.  

Selam Environment Development Association (SEDA) distributes 200 dairy heifers and 180 breeding goats to 260 women-headed households in order to enhance household food security and generate long and short-term income.  SEDA trains women in livestock management, animal feed production and provides veterinary services for the livestock. Why goats? Because goats are resilient in drought and can be a source of milk for households. Participants have also organized into small co-operative groups to process their milk into dairy products such as butter and cheese to sell in local markets. 

Implementation: Arsi and East Shoa Zones in southern Ethiopia’s Oromia region.  

Abebech Gobena Yehtsnant kebekabena Limatt Dirijit (AGOHELD) With the support of the Unwrapped program, AGOHELD provides 100 women-headed households with dairy heifers and trains women on animal husbandry, dairy production and veterinary services.  These households are then linked to markets for their milk, either with help from AGOHELD to sign contracts with buyers or via AGOHELD’s own dairy business – a social enterprise established to fund AGOHELD’s ongoing work with communities. 

Implementation: Tokey Kutaye Woreda of West Shoa Zone in Oromia region.

Community Initiative Support Organization Livestock market in Ethiopia(CISO) works with 180 vulnerable households – many of them headed by women through its Improving Livelihoods and Empowering Rural Households project. CISO’s approach is based on traditional forms of sharing: in times of crisis, when a household’s livestock die because of drought or disease, others in the community donate livestock from their own herds, helping that family recover their losses. Through CISO, sheep and heifers are given to households with the arrangement that they share the offspring with other families. This extends the asset and simultaneously strengthens social ties within the community, resulting in a new level of economic sustainability for a growing number of households.

Implementation: Sidama Zone, in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) 

Emmanuel Development Association (EDA) supports women and girls to own assets and generate income for themselves and their families through its Asset Based Livelihood Enhancement for Rural Women and Girls Project. Traditionally household assets belong to men, despite laws that give equal rights of ownership to both husbands and wives. EDA is working to change this. The project gives women small ruminants, trains them how to care and feed animals and helps them access savings and credit. EDA will also work with other community members, to discuss the role of women in the community and in owning and caring for livestock, in particular.  

Implementation: North Shoa Zone of Amhara Region, central Ethiopia

HUNDEE Oromo Grassroots Development Initiative is a long-time partner of Oxfam Canada’s in Ethiopia. Hundee believes that livestock ownership can change lives, especially among women, who bear a heavy burden feeding and supporting their families. By providing sheep, goats, and donkeys, Hundee helps 160 women to acquire productive assets, increase their income and improve their household food security. In addition, Hundee supports 10 women pottery-makers with donkeys that they can transport raw materials to their production site, and move their finished products to market. This more efficient means of transportation will boost production and sales, increase the income the women generate from their work, and provide them with lasting livelihoods.  

Implementation: Nano Finfinne Special Zone of Oromia region

Siiqquee Women’s Development Association (SWDA) works to improve the welfare of marginalized women and children. Its Women’s Empowerment through Livelihood Improvement project is reaching 400 women, providing them with goats and chickens, along with an initial supply of feed and wire for shelters, and training in livestock management and business development. This support will help women to diversify their assets and sources of food and income. It will also improve their self-confidence and standing in their communities, where livestock can be a powerful form of social glue, connecting families, communities and local institutions.

Implementation: Woliso in Ethiopia’s Oromia region

Pastoralist Women’s Council (PWC) is a Fodder grown in Oromiawomen–led community organization that is supporting women across 8 communities in Ngorongoro to generate income and own assets, earn respect and build solidarity through its Livelihoods through Livestock project. The project uses PWC’s successful Women’s Solidarity Boma (WSB) approach, which brings women in communities together to pool their skills and resources and to provide mutual support. The project will work with 400 women organized into WSB’s, and benefit 2,400 of their family members indirectly. It will provide goats to each of the WSB’s to be managed in common and used for food, manure and as a form of savings, to be sold to generate immediate cash when needed.  By using the WSB approach, the project will ensure that benefits are sustainable, creating lasting change for the women involved and their families and communities.

Implementation: Tanzania’s Ngorongoro District


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