Farmers start off with chickens and either sells eggs or baby chickens until they have made enough money to buy a goat… or two goats….. and then they breed goats until they have enough money to buy what they really aspire to…. a cow.
A cow can provide the farmer with milk, maybe as much as £4 a day. This takes the farmer out of “poverty” and with this level of income he/she can buy the medicines the children need, improve their diet, send the kids to secondary school and beyond, add another room to the house…. They have choice.
What if a female cow was shared…… where I give to my neighbours any female calfs so that they too can benefit from having a cow on the condition that they have to follow suit.
Here at LTT we also ask what if the cow was at school…. Not in the classroom learning but in the school farm, the income from the milk would be significant for the school and if there were more cows then the school can get a great income and start to be more self-sufficient. The income could cover the schools water bill, the electricity bill, the chalk bill, maybe but tea for teachers, maybe repair the broken door. A school with income can go from being totally dependent on the local authorities or community contributions to having a degree of self-sufficiency, self-determination.
It does not stop there…… the manure from the cow can enrich the soil in the school farm so that the land can feed the cow, and even grow vegetables for selling at the market or adding to the lunch time meal of the students….. What is the manure passed through a biogas digester before going on the fields, it could generate gas and reduce or remove the dependency on firewood and reduce deforestation.
Lets not forget that cows make baby cows….
So cows are a cure to many issues that fall under the bracket of poverty….. A cow costs £500-600, a major expense…….. if you want to support our cow buying programme, please click on the donate button…..