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Traumatised Buffalo

In late August we purchased our second group of 10 buffalo. Torrential rains and treacherous roads extended the normal 1800km journey from Deli to ten days instead of seven.
It's no wonder the buffalo were wild-eyed and extremely nervous and unable to cope with an open space.

We were forced to build a temporary shed to house them until they adjusted. Two months later mothers and babies are thriving and milk production is up.
It's very encouraging that The Widows cause is now self-sustaining. 180 frail widows are been fed on the 1st of each month.
Salaries for our two herdsmen running the buffalo farm are covered, as are the salaries of 2 supervisors who oversight our small business opportunities for younger widows.
Shed extensions on the buffalo farm have been completed and awaiting the arrival of our next 10 buffalo.

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Changing Their World



Widow

This younger widow along with 49 others in early April was offered the opportunity to start up a small business in her village by The Widows' Cause. This was done by a loan of $115 repayable over 6 months.

The journey of breaking the poverty cycle in their lives had begun.
Incredibly they start to feel more self confident, develop a sense of self respect and along with that comes hope and purpose for the future.

At the end of August the Widows' Cause will be adding another 48 widows to this programme. this will bring the total to 168 widows involved in a small business opportunity.

Sooooooooo worth it.

Extremely Courageous

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Nookalamma is 48 and HIV positive. She has seen both her husband her daughter die in recent times and is now sole carer for her granddaughter.
When we first met last September, she was living in dismal conditions and desperate to be able to feed her granddaughter on a regular basis.

Initially it was thought that this courageous widow would have to be included in the feeding programme as local villagers would be unwilling to buy milk or any other produce from her because of her medical status.

There was no trace of self pity here and Nookalamma was determined to be involved in a small business opportunity. In February we met up again and what a thrill to see Nookalamma involved in goat rearing and thriving. She now has a steady income to support her granddaughter and dream about her future.........thrilling.

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Buffalo Farm + Milking machine

The Widows' Cause started up a buffalo farm in December last year with 10 buffalo to provide regular income which is now feeding 85 widows each month. There is a shortage of over 1,000,000 litres of buffLo milk daily in this area, so is a very viable concern. It has also provided employment for two local herdsmen and is a real talking point in the local community.

BLISTERED FINGERS - LOWER BACK PROBLEMS all go with the job. Below is Srinu a gentle giant and our chief herdsman who is doing a great job. We are expanding our farm with another 10 buffalo in 2 months which will enable us to feed greater numbers of frail widows. 
A milking machine is needed, which will make life easier and eliminate the need to hire 2 more herdsmen as we expand.
The Widows Cause needs to RAISE. $1500 to do this.
Till next time.

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It’s here!

AT LAST our website is up and running......exciting.
What started as a simple feeding program to feed 37 very needy desperate widows in India in 2010 has grown to impacting some 245 widows and over 160 children. It is absolutely turning their lives around and giving hope and purpose for the future.

We can't change the world, but can CHANGE their world one by one, village by village and community by community. 

I'm very thankful to Matt, Philip and Andrew who played a large part in bringing this website together.