The path to better nutrition started with beautiful Bolivian cows.
But before we get to the part about the cows, let’s look back on Agustin’s life. Before the cows, his six children didn’t do well in school.
Agustin, age 53, used to travel around looking for work in Bolivia, so he could feed his children. He felt determined to keep them in school, but he could see his efforts failing. Living in the Yoroca community, life used to be hard. There wasn’t any water for irrigation. The soil was hard and infertile. If his children ate, it was potatoes. His wife and all of his children were malnourished.
Agustin couldn’t remember a generation of his family that wasn’t struggling with getting food or an education. He fought to make life better for his children, but he could see his dreams dying.
“It seemed that my children could not study or understand what they were taught, perhaps for lack of food, something seemed to be missing,” said Agustin.
Then You Stepped In
When Food for the Hungry (FH) started working in his community, several problem areas were addressed. Irrigation systems were created. FH staff taught farming practices to diversify crops for better nutrition. He also learned to raise cows, so he could produce milk for his family and to sell for income.
Now, Agustin’s children and wife are doing better. He and his wife, Luisa, work tirelessly to keep the cows well-fed. As the cows produce manure, Agustin uses it in his fields to grow wheat, potatoes and other vegetables that he sells at a local distribution center. Since then, he’s grown a variety of 100% organic crops!
“Since I have cows, I improved feeding my children (now they are stronger), now are good students in school. What probably helps them is that every day they are drinking milk and eating yogurt, cheese,” said Agustin. “Now we also have higher monthly income by the sale of the milk and agricultural products we produce.”
Giving a cow to a struggling family can make such a difference…in health, growing food and feeding children. Think about giving a cow to a family today. You’ll make a huge difference in a family’s life.