Founded by a farmer over 70 years ago, Heifer International is one of our favorite international aid organizations. The way Heifer International works is awesome. Instead of just giving families in need a handout, they work deeply with these communities to “teach them to fish” and build sustainable revenue streams.
They start by partnering with families in historically impoverished communities. Heifer provides training, and animals that generate both food and reliable income. The families put in the work to farm and sell their goods. In turn, they also give the animals’ offspring to neighbors. Heifer International keeps the cycle going with additional training and support, and eventually an entire community is transformed through sustainable agriculture. This income helps build schools, infrastructure, and ensures families have sustainably produced, healthy food. Win-win-win!
We think the Heifer Project is amazing. (If that’s not enough, check out what Alton Brown has to say about them!) You can learn more about Heifer International at their website, and if you’re so inclined, add a $5 donation to the organization to your next Greenling order. They’re just one of the nonprofit organizations we support together all year long.