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Good news goats

Farm animals offer hope to struggling farmers in Kenya

Along bumpy roads and scattered among the isolated, impoverished farms in rural Nakuru, Kenya, good news travels on four legs.

It was good news pure and simple when Ruth Waithera Njoroge received a goat a year ago thanks to a self-help group formed by Farm Systems of Kenya, a partner of Lutheran World Relief and supported by the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.

"The first female kid is moved from the farmer who has [a goat] to the farmer who doesn't have [one]. We call it 'the passing on project,' " explains Paul Mugo Maina, project director. "The group decides who is ready. When everyone in the group has, they give to others outside the group."


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