who we work with: Send a Cow

The organisation

Send a Cow gives communities and families the hope and the means to secure their own futures from the land. Working hand in hand with poor farming families they equip people with the knowledge, skills and importantly self-belief to transform their lives. Their grassroots approach combines training in sustainable agriculture, social development and the provision of livestock.  With Send a Cow’s support, people can feed their families, earn a regular income, educate their children and lead happy and fulfilled lives free from hunger and poverty.

Central to their approach is the ‘pass-on’. All families supported by Send a Cow pass on the gifts of young livestock, seeds or training to others. We’re big believers in this and in 2012, our Jojo went to visit Uganda to find out more – you can read what she said here.

We’ve worked with Send a Cow since 2004 in Lesotho, Uganda and Western Kenya where our three-year Dairy Project improved the nutrition, food security and health of 100 families.  Risper Wandondera, a widow caring for six orphans, was one of hundreds of people to benefit. She said, “I was blessed to be given a female calf… I have advanced as I produce 15 litres of milk which has improved my income and the health of my family members. I am so happy that I have a gift that I am going to pass on to another needy family”. 

The project

Our latest project with Send a Cow is working in partnership with the University of Reading, not only to improve food security but also to raise empowerment and hope to many of Ethiopia's young people who are feeling increasingly isolated. Together, by developing a tool to demonstrate why young people in rural areas of Ethiopia feel marginalised, poor and lack hope for the future, they can make sure their work is relevant and positively impacting the people they work with. 

Alongside this research project, Send a Cow will also provide training to very poor, young families on gender roles and social development, improved ways of farming and business skills so that they can develop confidence in earning a living and providing for their families.     

The aim of the project is to work with over 3,720 households, directly impacting 22,320 people in rural Ethiopia and with thousands more impacted indirectly by:


  • enabling families to grow enough nutritious food to eat and surplus to sell for income. 
  • empowering women and girls to use their voices and have greater equality in their homes and communities.
  • increasing confidence and hope amongst young people by supporting them to work together to set-up small businesses, increasing their hope and opportunities for a prosperous future.