Heifer International is an awesome organization that use agriculture/livestock as the seed of global change.
You can donate a water buffalo to a Filipino family, who will then use it to plan more rice, haul goods to market for sale, and rent to neighbors for their own work. Or you can donate some honeybees, who will be a source of income through the sale of beeswax, honey, and pollen.
Don’t have the funds to buy a huge animal? There is also the option to buy a “share” in a larger animal. That way, you will still work to donate a heifer (because you want a family to have the benefits associated with one) but will not need to foot the entire bill yourself!) You can also make a donation where is it most needed. Another part about Heifer International that I love is that they have a great woman-focused initiative. A donation to the initiative is a great gift to give your niece or goddaughter. As women, its important to help other women, as they make up the vast majority of people living in poverty.
This gift is great for your economics-loving friend. The founding principles of Heifer International are to give people around the world the tools they need to sustain their families’ health and create a source of income to allow them to work their way out of poverty with pride and dignity. A gift of a sustainable income source, such as a llama to be used for fleece and fertilization, affects not only the family given one, but the entire community.
Giving a friend the gift of helping a family to make a living is truly priceless.