Give a Goat and Change a Life

November 15, 2013 • Uganda
Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog

The gift of a goats drastically changed the life of a Ugandan woman and her family.


Earning enough money to feed their children can be extremely difficult for single mothers living in rural Uganda. But for Gertrude, that burden was significantly lightened through the generous gift of goats.

Samaritan’s Purse was able to provide Gertrude with three female goats. We also helped her build a goat house, which helps keep the animals safe, hygienic, and healthy. Our veterinarian staff was also available to offer medical treatment in case of sickness and educational support in case she had any questions.

Gertrude’s goats soon reproduced. She currently has nine goats and four young kids. As the sole income earner for her family, Gertrude relies on the animals to provide much-needed financial support. Through the sale of her goats, she has been able to purchase land in the local trading center to further increase her income.

She recently sold two goats to pay $100 in school fees for her children. A few months ago, Gertrude was hospitalized but was able to sell a goat to pay for the medical expenses. In this way, the goats provided through Samaritan’s Purse are like mobile savings accounts on four legs!

Gertrude is just one of the thousands of people who have benefited through the gift of dairy animals. By giving through our Christmas catalog, you can help a family just like Gertrude’s work toward building a better life.