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Heifer International

Heifer International is a global development organization on a mission to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. Working with farmers and their communities to identify and invest in business opportunities that deliver living incomes, Heifer International creates solutions to local challenges designed to build inclusive, resilient economies. Since launching in 1944, Heifer International has assisted more than 35 million people, with millions more now on a pathway to living incomes

“Not a cup, but a cow”

While passing out meager rations of powdered milk during the Spanish Civil War, Indiana farmer Dan West was distraught when the milk ran out with children still waiting in line. He realized that they needed “not a cup, but a cow.”
Heifer International was born from that simple idea of empowerment, and for 75 years the organization has worked tirelessly to give families a hand up, rather than just a handout.

History

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough. And then he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow? That “teach a man to fish” philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International.

Heifer in Nepal

  •  In 1957, Heifer International began working in Nepal at the request of the government, supplying livestock to introduce high-yield breeds to native animal populations. To date, it has supported 865,000 families, more than 11,000 self-help groups and more than 200 women’s cooperatives, strengthening agricultural production and market access.
  • Heifer Nepal’s projects focus on the goat and dairy value chains, connecting women farmers to resources such as electronic banking services and live weight stations, enabling them to increase their production and profits. In collaboration with local governments and other stakeholders, activities such as the construction of abattoirs are helping provide safe and quality meat products to consumers, maintaining a sustainable flow of meat to market.

Heifer Project Nepal

Heifer Project Nepal (HPN) is a Nepalese NGO working with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. For the past 23 years, HPN has been working in holistic development involving women and youth as agents of change and households as units of economic activity to achieve sustainable development, job creation, food security, income generation, and employment promotion. Currently, HPN works on goat and dairy value chains to promote agri-businesses and create employment opportunities for farmers and various actors along value chains.

Partnerships

We at Heifer work in partnership with different sectors and organizations. As of now, Heifer International Nepal has 14 Collaborative partners and 60 Implementing Partners.

Mission

  • We work to end hunger and poverty in partnership with the communities we serve. Our programs support entrepreneurs creating lasting change from the ground up.
  • It begins with a seed investment of livestock or agriculture, followed by mentorship to help project participants build a business, and ultimately to gain access to supply chains and markets.
  • These families are able to earn a living income and continuously lift up their communities as they train the next generation of leaders.

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Together, we’ve raised almost $3 million to end hunger and poverty worldwide.

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