Rasikaben belongs to the Vasava tribe (a clan of the Bhiliethnic community found in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra). The community istraditionally a community of farmers, with animal husbandry being a secondaryoccupation. Now however, many have sold their agricultural land and either workas labourers in the stone quarry factories or in the fields of richer farmers.
“I never thought that my family situation could improve. Butour lives have changed now, thanks to the two goats given to us by World VisionIndia”, says Rasikaben. They now have more than 20 goats and have sold a coupleas well. She was also encouraged to give her children goat’s milk every day.This simple change improved the health of both her children. They put on weightfaster and now don’t fall sick very often. That’s why they haven’t startedselling milk yet. They make different products out of milk for their ownconsumption.
“Goats are strong animals and therefore do not require highmaintenance. They eat almost everything and also reproduce every 6 months; soour income continues to increase”, says Rasika.
Besides, they were also given seeds to start their ownkitchen garden.
“It’s a good feeling to be self-sufficient now,” saysBhikiben, Rasika’s mother-in-law. In the year 2016, World Vision India provided36 poor families in the communities we serve in Bharuch, with milch goats.
Goats not only serve as a means of livelihood but their milkhelps in fighting malnourishment in children.