In 2015, the World Bank estimated the International Poverty Line at $1.90. This recent estimate means that, globally, over 700 million people make less than $2 per day. In Kenya alone, 42% of the population lives in this condition. This overwhelming level of poverty is why Cross World Africa has developed projects that concentrate on helping the most disenfranchised individuals across East Africa.
Livestock is an almost sacred commodity for East Africans. Cattle especially are viewed as a symbol of status in society. Dowries are still paid with cattle in rural regions of Kenya and Tanzania. Bovine milk is sold at markets for small profits and can also be used as sustenance for impoverished families. In a sense, simply owning a cow in East Africa is on par with owning a small business in Western countries. That is why Cross World Africa has partnered with local veterinarians and tribal leaders throughout the Rift Valley region of East Africa to help provide cattle to deserving individuals. These community leaders usually select single mothers, often widows, to receive the cows.
In the some of the lowland regions of the Rift Valley, the climate, terrain and grazing makes the raising of cattle difficult. However, these regions are also inhabited by some of the most impoverished tribes of East Africa. That is why Cross World Africa has recently spearheaded a campaign to provide goats to those individuals that need them most. Hardier than cows, goats help to provide milk and meat to starving families. Over time, the goats' offspring can be used to trade and barter for goods and capital, effectively become a micro-enterprise. In most cases, single women are the recipients of these gifts of livestock.
Give the gift of opportunity
Help facilitate micro-enterprise in East Africa for families that need it most. Cross World Africa has prepared sponsorship packages that allow our members to directly finance Livestock Entrepreneurship. 100% of all donations go directly towards procuring cattle and/or goats for single mothers and windows living throughout the Great Rift Valley:
$500 per cow*
*each cow is examined by our local veterinarians before purchase and is given all the necessary vaccinations prior to being given to our sponsored families. Our veterinarians also do regular "check-ups" and conduct seminars to ensure that the cows are healthy and that their new owners know how to properly care for them.
$40 per goat*
*each goat is examined by a local veterinarian before purchase and is given all the necessary vaccinations prior to being given to our sponsored families. Our veterinarians also do regular "check-ups" and seminars to ensure that the goats are healthy and that their new owners know how to care for them.