me with a goat (photo courtesy of Amanda)
He looks cute and innocent but I think shortly after that he poos on me. But this is me, on a goat farm in the Dominican Republic. That sounds like the beginning of an Old Spice commercial gone awry. What I learned that day was the power of a goat.
This goat farm started as a way to provide food to a tiny village. Goats provide milk, cheese and yogurt (and poo, but I am not sure that is so useful- actually it is, fertilizer). But then they can be income generators as the women who ran the farm sold the dairy products and baby goats for profit. It is pretty cool to see a bunch of women talk about their goats with so much pride. And amazing to see how a few goats can so impact a community. And the awesome thing about goats is that they can survive in really harsh climates where a lot of other agriculture and animals can’t.
So you see you can seriously change a life with a goat. And you can get someone a goat for only $75 though World Vision. You could affect someone’s entire future this Christmas. And maybe you have a list of things you need for Christmas. That is fine, seriously, no judgment here. But I really am having a hard time coming up with things I need this year. I look around at all I have some days and am a bit disgusted by it all. So perhaps instead of presents this year I may ask for a few goats.
How about you? Could you afford to give a goat this year? Or maybe it could be on your wish list? Cause Nothing says Merry Christmas like a goat.
This post is linked up to Finer Things Friday at Amy’s Finer Things