GOATS FOR GIRLS
The project owner
- Tsabeta and Ngabu
The goal of Goats for Girls is to employ a goat pass-on strategy in order to improve goat production, increase girls’ household income and increase food security in Chikwhawa (Malawi). This will enable the girls to finance a higher education which will help empower them for a brighter future. Creating economic empowerment for girls will help Malawian girls in physical, emotional, and social ways and also help the community around them as a whole.
Chikwhawa is one of the poorest regions in southern Malawi. Due to financial dependency girls rarely finish their primary education and get married when they are very young. Economic empowerment will enable them to continue their education through financial independence, and enable them to be productive members of the society. They can get a career, earn more money, and make themselves be someone important.
The idea behind the pass-on strategy is that in a group, several members will be given initial inputs, and as they start generating returns, they will pass these on to the other group members. In this case, goats will be given to generate returns. After a period of time, the whole group will have benefited. Once all the original group members have benefited they will be encouraged to pass-on to other targeted villages to generate new groups. The group members will discuss the criteria to be used in identifying initial members to benefit from the initial inputs. Upon producing offspring the goats will be passed on to the next beneficiary.
- In Malawi, there are not many girls that proceed to a higher level of education. At the time of enrollment there are more girls registered then boys. However, as time progresses more girls drop out as a result of; early marriages, early pregnancies, poverty (girl should stay home for domestic duties), etc. Many girls also fail to proceed to a higher education because of financial problems or diseases such as HIV and Aids. The burden of care for the family is usually laid on the shoulders of girls, which results in absenteeism and drop outs.
Why (Project owners drive)
A couple of years ago I went to Malawi. I noticed that the girls needed more empowerment. Most of the girls I met on my trip had gotten pregnant and married. They were only 14. I believe great projects are an excellent way to improve the financial independence of girls, and are relatively easy to implement. Future generations in Malawi depend heavily on the educational level of girls today.
Relation between the project partner (excecution) and the project owner (fundraising)
The local partner is my Dad.
- Girls will be taught the basics in caring for the goats. Experienced people in the field of agriculture will administer the training.
Purchasing the goats
- 35 goats will be bought and distributed among the group of organized girls in the 2 villages. The goat drop of will be performed in an organized manner with the help of project helpers.