Project information

Cows for Christmas

Cows can bring hope and a future to people living in the poorest parts of Africa. They provide milk to drink and sell, and manure which fertilises crops. Struggling farmers will be given training, support and resources to care for their own dairy cow, lifting families out of poverty for good.

July 2016 - October 2017

Charity information: Send a Cow

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  • Need


    Thousands of families in Western Kenya and Uganda rely solely on agriculture to survive. But a lack of knowledge, skills and resources mean they suffer from extreme poverty and hunger – especially difficult for those living with HIV/AIDS.

    Despite their best efforts, many farmers struggle to grow enough food to feed their families. It’s not uncommon for them to eat just one meal a day. And they don’t have surplus to sell, making it difficult to pay for essentials like medicine and clothes


    We believe in a hand-up, not a hand-out. That’s why Send a Cow provides farmers with training, tools, seeds and livestock to grow their own food.

    Dairy cows play a vital role in this approach. They provide farmers with nutritious milk to drink and sell and manure to grow crops.

    With training and new-found knowledge, farmers learn how to make the best use of their land, growing a variety of fruit and vegetables to eat and sell. This brings the family a vital income, lifting them out of pover

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Women and children empowered through training and workshops so they can develop their full potential


    » Gender and social development workshops to challenge socially-defined roles, looking at issues like sharing the workload, and sending girls to school.
    » Peer farmer training so farmers can demonstrate techniques and pass on knowledge and skills to the wider community.
    » Group leader training, including conflict resolution, so that women become more confident in making decisions in their communities and households.

    This will lead to more women becoming involved in decision-making within their homes and communities. This includes co-owning property and goods, and managing their own affairs.

    Aim 2

    Women, men and children learn to farm in an integrated way to reduce hunger and malnutrition.


    » Sustainable agriculture techniques such as composting, natural fertiliser, land management, kitchen gardens, tree planting and fuel efficient stoves.
    » Improved animal management, including building shelters, stall feeding and fodder, disease detection, healthcare, hygiene and breeding .
    » Once families have completed animal management training, they will be given dairy cows. They commit to passing on the offspring of their livestock.

    Families trained in agricultural skills so that they are able to feed themselves securely, eating at least two nutritious meals a day. Better diets and access to variety of foods.

    Aim 3

    Increased income from sales of farm produce.


    » Training in farm business skills, record keeping, post harvest mgt, value addition and marketing to maximise income from sales of surplus produce.
    » Training on group savings and credit schemes so groups can establish their own schemes to support the development of small farming businesses.
    » Building of knowledge and skills through follow-up training on their farms, and farmer exchange visits to support training being put into practice.

    Families being able to generate income from the sale of surplus produce. Families will be able to pay for education, healthcare and to invest in income-generating activities.

  • Impact


    Lasting change. By transforming their land, communities are able to produce food sustainably and reliably. And they become resilient, equipped to cope with future challenges and less likely to fall back into poverty.
    Women and girls are empowered so they can break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential. Families are able to prosper from agriculture and dairy production and diversify into other small businesses, becoming entrepreneurs that drive the success of their communities.


    Send a Cow has many years of experience running dairy projects in Uganda and Western Kenya. We have introduced climate-smart technologies to build resilience to extreme weather conditions to mitigate risk. And we promote the use of improved seeds and disease prevention techniques for crops and livestock.
    We work at the grassroots level to support communities locally. We also maintain good relationships with local, district and national government to ensure stability and good communication.


    We will report to donors with an annual update on the project’s progress. We will share case studies and testimonials from the families we work with, along with impact indicators and other measureables.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,805 Training & Agricultural Inputs Training in agriculture and livestock management, inputs such as seeds and livestock
      £11,073 Project Delivery Project Implementation
      £1,234 Vehicle and Travel Costs Fuel, insurance, taxes and maintenance for vehicles
      £2,508 Monitoring and Evaluation Visits to farms to monitor progress, stakeholder meetings, learning and dissemination
      £3,880 Admininistration Office Costs and Governance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    DFID UK AID Match £136,000 Guaranteed
    Jersey Overseas Aid £36,000 Guaranteed
    Big Lottery £90,000 Guaranteed
    Riverford Organic £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Western Kenya is home to over 5.1m people. 63% of them live in poverty – well over the national average of 45.9%. The area has relatively good rainfall and its soils are well-suited to good food and cash crops and to animal husbandry. Many families living in this area are affected by HIV/AIDS. In the areas where we work in Uganda, 30% of the population is malnourished and 38% lives on less than $1 a day. Only 55% complete primary school and gender inequalities are widespread, holding back women.


    Vulnerable farming families in rural parts of Western Kenya and Uganda. We often work with women, the disabled and orphan-headed households as they are the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in their community. Most of the families we work with are caring for orphans and living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Send a Cow has 28 years’ experience of working with rural communities in East Africa, giving families the hope and the means to secure their own futures from the land. Originally set up by West Country dairy farmers, Send a Cow has now helped over 1 million people to transform their lives.
    Our expertise in combining social development, sustainable agriculture and livestock management brings lasting impact, helping to create a thriving rural Africa.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Titus Sagala

    Titus is Country Director for Send a Cow Kenya. Titus joined in 2007 and previously worked for Kenya Government Extension Services.

    Patrick Sambaga

    Patrick is Country Director for Send a Cow Uganda. Patrick joined in 2014 and is responsible for the delivery and development of our work in Uganda.

When I receive my cow, I will be able to construct a permanent house, feed and clothe my children and give them a good education. When I have enough money, I will buy more land and a motorbike so I can take my milk and vegetables to market more easily.