Posted on Jan 14, 2013
Happy 2013, everyone! This is Aileen, Spark’s Program Development Associate. I thought I’d kick off the new year by writing a post about a recent visit I took to Kanyendara with our facilitator Aloys.
Kanyendara is in the process of planning a goat and sheep rearing project to address the dual challenges of food insecurity and income generation. As part of the project planning process, Spark works to connect our communities to local experts who can help communities plan for a sustainable project and answer any questions they may have. For Kanyendara, that meant inviting a sector veterinarian to a recent meeting to teach the community members about proper animal rearing techniques.
Over 60 adults attended the training, which started with a “crash course” in animal rearing and ended with the veterinarian taking questions. The community members had some great questions, asking about topics like how to recognize illness in their animals and how much space they should allocate for pens.
At the end of the day, the vet offered to stop by Kanyendara after they receive their
grant to make sure their animals are healthy and help them create safe living environments for them. The community members are excited to get going with their grant!
Interested in helping the Kanyendara community accomplish their goals? Donate to their project on our website here: http://www.sparkmicrogrants.org/?page_id=2727