A few years ago, Malawi was hit hard by drought. At least half of the families in the village of Chakwela were facing severe hunger. But now community members are passing along gifts of animals and seeds to others in need. How did this happen?
It started with a few “good gifts.”
Several years ago, the village of Chakwela received a gift of 12 goats from a neighboring community that benefited from an ELCA World Hunger partner in Malawi.
The goats provide families with fresh milk and fertilizer for the land. Extra milk, cheese, butter, or yogurt can be sold for added income—making it easier for families to escape the cycle of hunger and poverty. As the goats multiply, families often pass the offspring along to help others.
Gladys received her first goat as a gift. Now that her goat has given birth, Gladys knows the importance of giving back. She plans to give her new baby goat to her neighbor and good friend, Vernas.
“Life has really improved for us,” Vernas said. “Everyone has their own goats now.”