Our Goats for Girls program in Ethiopia,Kenya and Ethiopia is a highly effective way to support young girls’ education by providing a sustainable source of income for girls who are at risk of dropping out of school. With the income from goats, girls can pay their school fees, purchase school supplies, and avoid forced or arranged early marriage.
By owning goats, girls earn respect, dignity, self-reliance, and self-worth and become role models in their communities.
Through the Goats for Girls program, IIRR gives one male and one female goat to each individual girl. A pair of goats will reproduce at least twice a year, creating an exponentially expanding herd. Goats are also hardy, drought-tolerant, and disease-resistant.
Each girl in the program is required to pass on two of her goats’ offspring to another girl, creating an expanding network of economically empowered girls.
In 2012, IIRR donated two goats each to 73 girls in rural Ethiopia. The offspring of those original goats have grown so that over 500 girls now have at least two goats! The sale of just one baby goat will cover the cost of one half year school term.
The program has been so successful that IIRR will not only continue the program in Ethiopia, but will expand it to Uganda and northern Kenya this year.
Our goal for the coming year is to enroll 1,000 additional girls in the Goats for Girls program to keep them in school!
Only 11% of girls in rural East Africa are currently able to transition from primary to secondary school, and only 0.2% are able to attend university.
Numerous studies have shown that primary and secondary education for girls is instrumental in increasing lifetime income, reducing unwanted pregnancies, and breaking the cycle of poverty.
The Goats for Girls program aims to economically empower girls by increasing enrollment, retention, and progress in school.
By donating a goat to a girl, you can support IIRR’s work at the forefront of the struggle to improve lives.
Your gift of $30 will purchase one mature goat that
will be matched by another donor. This gift multiplies as each girl
passes on baby goats to other girls. You can also contribute any amount you are able to.