Every family who receives a gift of livestock and training is motivated to pass on the same to another family in need. This helps maximize resources and gives families the dignity and compassion they need to overcome their mental state of poverty.
Heifer’s projects promote gender equity by choosing women as primary participants through whom project inputs and trainings are given. Men and women share in decision-making, ownership of the Heifer animals, labor and the benefits of projects.
Heifer understands that there can be no sustainability without protecting and improving the environment. This is especially crucial for the families it works with who are largely dependent on natural resources.
Although Heifer works through women, it encourages full participation from the family and community to achieve impacts. Improving social capital to increase full participant is one of the keys to achieving sustainable holistic development.
Heifer uses training as a means of spreading general awareness, providing education, building capacity and empowering communities. Group members share the knowledge received from the trainings with their families and community members leading the way towards holistic community development.
Spirituality is common to all people and groups, regardless of their religion or beliefs. Heifer promotes spirituality through its values, beliefs about the value and meaning of life, a sense of connectedness to the earth and a shared vision of the future.