CAFOD’s Lazarus Walker writes:
One afternoon as we traverse through the dusty roads of Maralal in the north of Kenya’s Rift Valley Province, we meet Catherine Lenguris, who benefited from a CAFOD-funded dairy goat project. Although this part of the Rift Valley is semi-arid, the short rains that came a few months ago have revived the vegetation, and everything is sprouting with green life.
Catherine is one of 70 people who benefited from the dairy goat project. A motherly smile brightens her face as she greets us in her home; her two-month-old baby is safely cuddled in her arms.
Before the project started in 2008, her life was a tale of living from hand to mouth. She owned no livestock and practiced subsistence farming on her small piece of land. The farm never produced enough to feed her large family. Food and other basic needs were hard to come by and many a time her family lived on empty stomachs or one meal a day.
Receiving a dairy goat completely changed her life. In a period of three years she has seen her family’s earnings increase, as well as the health of her children who consume the healthy goat milk.