A pair of oxen helps a family plow their land more efficiently, and can provide additional income when they rent the animals to neighbors.
Why This Matters
Having oxen and a plow decreases the amount of hard labor it takes to plow a field for planting. It's especially important in areas where women often do double duty as the chief farmer in the family, as well as taking care of the house and children. Increasing crops yields shows near immediate effects on a family. With more crops to eat, children are healthier. The increased income insures that children stay in school and receive medical treatment in emergencies.