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Tangible gifts like goats, seeds and school latrines are fun holiday gift-giving ideas, but also mean so much more to the children and families who receive them. Here's just a small sampling of how your donations to the Best Gift Ever symbolic gift program change lives.
34-year-old widow, goat recipient and self-help group member
Abaye-Atir, North Shewa, Ethiopia
I was one of the poorest of the poor in my community and I was struggling to survive with my two children. But my life has changed significantly since I started rearing goats. Before receiving two goats, my income was not sufficient to cover my household expenses and I couldnâ€™t meet the needs of my children.
Since I started rearing goats and earning an income from them, the biggest difference in my childrenâ€™s lives is that they are now happy and hopeful. I am able to provide adequate food for my children and pay for school expenses. My childrenâ€™s future is bright!
I am on a good track and I am growing my business. I sold 10 goats for 6,850 birr, and bought a deep freezer and fridge and started selling soft drinks and beer. Now I am getting an average of 200 birr per day compared to less than 100 birr per day previously.
I maintain 13 goats which are all in good condition. I want to have a big area of land to expand my business and increase my herd of goats to large number.
Woinshet has doubled her income thanks to the Ethiopian livestock distribution and business training program.