Traditionally, in rural Borneo, wives whose husbands have died are left with few options for making a living. Community leaders requested our partners at Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) create the Goats for Widows program to empower these women and give them economic independence. Goats not only provide vulnerable families with an additional source of income, they also produce manure, a valuable fertilizer.
Thanks to widows paying offspring forward to other women, costs for this program are limited to veterinary check-ups for the goats and basic training for women who take care of them. As a result, Goats for Widows is the rare example of a social enterprise that has become truly self-sustaining.