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Livestock

Our villagers now have access to water, and can grow their own crops. With a thriving vegetable and rice farm, they will produce agricultural byproducts which can ultimately be turned into animal feed or litter. At this stage in our agricultural program, families not only enjoy more diverse and healthy foods, but now have the ability to sustain livestock.

Community First’s livestock initiative sponsors the creation of home-sized operations through in-kind donations to families and training for farmers.

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Community First has expanded its agricultural initiatives by creating a chicken coop initiative.  Selected families are trained to manage chicken coops. Each family receives the livestock and the materials to build their own coop, as well as a supply of vaccines to control health risks that may arise when introducing a new livestock program in a community.

To date, this program has provided fifteen families with this essential agricultural skill as well as elementary veterinary training. The families are also introducing a vital, additional source of protein to the village.

The financial sustainability of the livestock program is ensured by the creation of a Self-Help Group. As with the Alternative Crop initiative, villagers agree to set aside money on a monthly basis toward a common fund. This fund serves as an interest- and collateral-free lending source to fund subsequent vaccines, thus minimizing perceived risk, bypassing predatory lenders, and avoiding bank rejections.