The Goat Foundation was started with a vision of reaching out to the most vulnerable families across rural Kenya. The founder, Steve Down, met a family at one of the funerals he attended during his first visit to Kenya. The woman who continues to propagate this vision was widowed and left with 4 children. She only had a vegetable garden that she thought would sustain her young family.
Steve Down learnt that goat farming was one of the climate-smart methods of agriculture that people living in ASALS were fast embracing. He took it upon himself to help this family by donating 2 goats (a he-goat and a she-goat.)
This inspired his vision of ensuring no family lacks basic resources or goes to bed hopeless.
So far, The Goat Foundation has donated 850 goats across Kenya and empowered 500 households through the cause initiative. Recipient families are asked to donate the firstborn goat from each pair to the next village family in need. This could provide perpetual giving of goats and nutrition.
Our vision is in alignment with Sustainable Development Goals 1,2,&5. (No poverty, No hunger and Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). We envision a hunger-free Africa where its most marginalized populations have a chance at wealth creation.
The issue- What we are solving?
- Poverty- to ensure widows earn a sustainable income through climate-smart agriculture
- Hunger- to ensure no widows and their beneficiaries go to bed hungry.
- Injustice- to create awareness of the tribulations faced by widows and ensure their rights are withheld.
Our Cause Capitalism Philosophy.
Cause Capitalism according to Steve Down is when a for-profit company partners with a nonprofit, not as a gimmick but as a true sustainable partner.
We believe that for-profit companies should ensure sustainability around the communities they operate in, to promote economic inclusion.
Companies have to ensure people benefit positively from their creations. That is why we advocate for For-profit and non-profit partnerships.
Non-profits address global issues by reaching out directly to vulnerable groups. They educate, enable and empower them. This can only be possible if they have financial access to ensure this happens.
Therefore, we call on more stakeholders to join our cause capitalism initiative and make the world a better place.
The 200 Goat Donation.
Financially Fit through The Goat Foundation will donate 200 goats to 100 low-income households in Mariakani, Kilifi County. We work through partnerships with like-minded institutions and strongly believe in the power of the media to amplify the impact of climate change on low-income households fully dependent on agriculture and call for mitigation across all sectors. For this reason, we invite you to witness the impactful donation from The Goat Foundation.
We look forward to hosting you on the 8th of November 2022.