Annie Nangawiri with one of the goats she received from Oxfam Unwrapped. These goats provide milk to drink and sell, fertilizer for crops, and kids to take to market.“We got our first goat in 2003 and it had two kids. The next year it gave birth to two more. We use the manure to help us grow better maize and more vegetables.” –Annie Nangawiri, Malawi.
More than 3,000 families have received a goat through the Oxfam-funded goat distribution program in Malawi. It's a simple initiative that aims to ensure that people have enough food all year round, particularly during the dry season or hungry months - when personal maize harvests have run out and the earth is dry so nothing can grow without irrigation.
A goat is a valuable asset to a vulnerable household; it breeds easily and can produce up to six kids a year. Offspring can be sold to help families cope or kept to produce manure, which will improve subsequent harvests. Ideally, within a year, each family will be able to choose to do both: using manure to increase their maize and vegetable harvests so they can produce a surplus to sell; and selling goats to improve their homes or pay for school fees.