The project has since sponsored breeds and equipped livestock farming skills to 75 households. After just nine months, all 75 beneficiary households have successfully bred their livestock with at least one breeding animal having given birth to a litter, or is pregnant. In under a year, a total of 224 goats and pigs have been born!
65% of households that participated in the project have an increase in income and 81.3% have managed to put aside money as savings.
Raised in the mountains of northwest Vietnam, Sau sought to give her family a better life. She bravely decided to leave home, but unfortunately, Sau was tricked and sold to China. Thankfully, she was found by the Chinese authorities and returned to the Vietnamese Border Guard. However, Sau was not able to earn enough. Her lack of education meant there was little job opportunities available to her. She had to rely on seasonal jobs in order to make ends meet, and would have to work very far from home which prevented her from being with her young child.
Sau was introduced to the animal bank project by the Communal Women Union whom Hagar partners with to reach out to the vulnerable communities. She was enrolled in the project and received animal husbandry training and three goats to raise. After six months, her goat herd started to procreate and delivered baby goats. Using the knowledge she learnt about economic management, Sau decided to sell one baby goat to buy two pigs and expand her farm. Now with new directions, she feels more secure with the vision of a stable future with her family.
Every time I see the goats, I feel so lucky because this is my new beginning for my child and me.