GOATS AND POULTRY HELP FAMILY FEED GROWING GRANDCHILDREN
For the past two years, Nikola has suffered kidney failure. He is also affected by heart disease. With such poor health he has no prospect of obtaining paid employment and is unfit even to participate in Bulgaria’s social programme which provides minimal welfare payments in exchange for work.
From time to time his son obtains seasonal agricultural work with smallholders in the village where they live but the only regular income for the household of six people is the child benefit intended to support Nikola’s two little grandchildren.
Only the gift of two goats funded by Blythswood’s Gift Catalogue has prevented this family from going hungry. As well as producing up to four litres of milk per day, they have been successfully bred, giving the family occasional meat as well as cheese and yogurt.
Last year Nikola’s family received a gift of chickens. “The benefit of these animals is evident,” says Zhani Slavchev who manages the livestock project in Sliven district of Bulgaria. “At this point, the project is the only way for the family to get meat, eggs and milk to survive. This is so important for the growing children. The family expresses its gratitude to everyone who provided these gifts.”