This is a revolving economic empowerment scheme intended to empower widows by giving a family a mature goat/sheep to rear. Beneficiaries will be selected through vulnerability selection criteria established by the project. Beneficiary forum will be held before distribution of goats/sheep to orient them on the project strategy. The family will own the livestock but will give back to the project the first born goat/sheep to be distributed to other beneficiaries. The vulnerable families may need support to put up livestock shelter and this will be considered case by case. The beneficiaries are expected to give their contributions as well in putting up the shelter in terms of labor, local materials. The project will collaborate with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and various relevant government departments through regular meetings and monitoring visits to provide support and technical advice to the beneficiaries. Lessons learnt through such monitoring visits will be incorporated into the projects future plans.

The rationale behind this project

“Small livestock intervention is particularly suitable for empowering youth and women economically, as it is not labour intensive. Due to low water needs, goats, sheep and poultry are the most appropriate livestock for marginal dry areas and also not susceptible to diseases and low feeding maintenance. Small livestock reproduce quickly and therefore support improved nutrition, which is critical for children as well as people infected with HIV and AIDS. Small livestock entail low individual costs, are good as a starter investment and require low level farming input, making them relevant for quick recovery for households whose households’ assets have been eroded through sales in response to general food shortages. Also small stocks are excellent resilience-building initiatives that can help women recover quickly from poverty. They serve as a form of savings and can be sold live or for meat. Young children benefit from improved nutrition through their products. Household assets also continue to increase as the animals reproduce at least twice per year, helping families to improve their livelihoods and food security”.