A True Find: Heifer International
A TRUE FIND: Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. Their gift catalog offers sheep, goats, pigs, honeybees, and more, to give to those in need.
THE GOODS: By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, they empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.
With gifts of livestock and training, they help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. They refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of their mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.
THE EXPERIENCE: Giving a gift from the Heifer International catalog can range in price from $10 tree seedlings, to a $500 heifer, to a $25,000 Gift of a Lifetime.
A TIDBIT: Since 1944, Heifer has helped more than 12 million families in more than 125 countries move toward greater self-reliance through the gifts of livestock and training in environmentally sound agriculture.
Gift Catalog: Online version
P.O. Box 8058
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-8058
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).