Project information

Rwanda Dairy Cow Project

To distribute high-yielding European dairy cows to individual families in the east of Rwanda for milk production. Cows will go to widows and orphans and needy families. The first female cow is passed on to a neighbour. Full training and veterinary support is provided.

February 2013 - January 2015

Charity information


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  • Need


    Malnutrition. Lack of income. Lack of education. Using wood and charcoal for cooking which cause respiratory diseases. Lack of dignity.


    Protein is introduced to the diet. Surplus milk (15-20 litres) is sold providing a good income (£15-£20 per week). Children school fees can be paid. Biogas from the manure is used for cooking eliminating respiratory diseases. Widows with a cow and income have their dignity restored.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Replacing poverty with money-generating enterprises


    » The provision of high-yielding dairy cows from Europe. One cow per family.

    Success will be... After three years the family will have a healthy diet, and a relatively good income from the sale of milk from their cow.

  • Impact


    The project will relieve poverty and replace it with as income-generating business, providing cash from the sale of milk.
    Success will be demonstrable when the family achieves self-sufficiency.


    Animal health issues. Veterinary support is part of the scheme for three years after the family receives a cow.


    Through our regular newsletters, our website, talks and direct mailing.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £190,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £190,000 Set up costs Animal costs, airlift costs, training, monitoring and veterinary support.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Bothar Charity Ireland £90,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Rwamagana in Rwanda's Eastern Province


    Families, widows and orphans who are struggling to overcome the effects of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. As the project involves the first female offspring being passed on to another family, after 10 years the 75 cows airlifted to Rwanda will lead to about 300 families benefitting.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have build up trust and good working relationships with local organisations in Rwamagana over the past seven years and work directly with those in need.
    We also work in association with Bothar Ireland, who have 20 years experience in collecting dairy cows and transport them to Africa.
    And, we work with Heifer International, a US based livestock charity which has a Rwandan operation, who have over 60 years of experience in this field.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Billy Kelly, Founder/Director

    Billy set up Msaada and maintains links with local groups in Rwamagana. He co-ordinates Msaada's UK operations. He is a founder trustee of Bothar.