Goat and donkey loans

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Improving health and welfare of children in North Darfur

Through building livelihood options, this project aimed to improve the health and the welfare of children in 49 communities in El Fashir locality, north Darfur, a region severely affected by war and drought in recent years.


Goat loans

Generally this activity has a wider impact on the life of the targeted communities, especially women and children.

  • Milk has become an important component of children diet
  • Saved the families some money that used in securing other needs e.g. pay the costs of medical services, clothes and books for their children and improving their diet
  • Goats gave women greater security and offered them hope for the future as the flock numbers are substantially increased

Case study

Kubra Musa Ahmed is 37 years old. Abandoned by her husband, she brings up seven children and looks after her 75-year-old mother. She and her children work for others, and eat one dish of porridge per day. In January 2007 she received five goats from the project. Now she owns 11 goats which provide 20 cups of milk morning and evening - 40 cups per day). She sells about 20 cups of the milk for SDG 10 per day. From her income she is able to:

  • diversify her family meals to include vegetables, meat two to three time a week, and some times fruit
  • give her children clean clothes and improved health
  • buy breakfast for the children at the school instead of the house (cash is available)
  • Yogurt has become part of the meals
  • build a new hut and renew the old one and the tukul, also renewed the parapet and fit a new door (previously the house had no door)
  • purchase one steel bed and several bed sheets, new utensils, two tea flasks
  • subscribe and contribute shares in two saving sandouqs
  • become more dedicated to her land (this year expecting to harvest 9 sacks of millet instead of 5 as previously)
  • become a member in both the WDA and the VDC
  • attend and contribute during the social events

Now that their conditions have improved, her husband has started visiting the family for the first time in four years.



  • Purchasing and lending of goats
    During the first year of the project, 1,910 female goats were purchased and distributed at the rate of 10% for each village area. The ALCs selected and registered eligible families and signed a contract to purchase the goats. A further 134 male goats will be purchased and lent to the restocked families during the second year, to attain a ratio of 1 male goat to 3 families.
  • Purchasing and distributing donkeys
    10% of households were provided with donkeys, with a female to male ratio of 3:1. Several beneficiaries have already got foals from their restocked donkeys.
  • Provide midwives with donkeys
  • Training of paravets
    The newly trained Para-vets have gained knowledge about the most important livestock diseases as to their causes, diagnosis, treatments and prevention. They also gained knowledge about animal husbandry, animal production, medicines, vaccines and equipment.
  • Animal husbandry training
    To enhance the communities' knowledge on animal husbandry to better take care of their animals. During July 2008 a total of 955 animal owners, vets and other community members attended one-day training workshops, all organised at village level in close coordination with the respective ALC. The training included the main subjects of animal health, feeding and nutrition, breeding, and management of young animals beside an introduction to the project.
  • General training
  • Purchasing horses for Majdoub
    Three horses were purchased for Majdoub community forest through the committee. In addition to watering of the forest, these horses will be used also in securing water for the schoolchildren.
  • Vaccination and medication of animals
  • Blankets and mosquito net
    3,000 blankets and 2,212 mosquito nets were purchased and shipped to EL Fashir.
  • Tree planting
    Around 130,000 seedlings were produced and distributed during 2007.

Village Development Committees (VDCs) and Animal Loan Committees (ALCs) were set up in each community, with support from the project to build their managerial, organisational and technical capacities. In the first year of the project 10 new VDC/ALCs were formed; female membership ranged between 25-50% for the VDCs and 25%-30% for the ALCs. Regular monthly meetings with village ALCs is continuing and supported by field visits with for the purpose of monitoring the different project activities.

Kids for Kids This project is supported by Kids for Kids. Read more about this work on their website.

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