It all started when a volunteer relief worker realized ladling out meager rations of powdered milk was not a solution. A cow could produce milk so families would not have to depend on temporary aid.
In 1944, the first cows were sent abroad and distributed throughout Europe following World War II. More than 7 decades later, Heifer has expanded its mission, just as it expanded to 30 types of animals it now provides—from goats, geese and guinea pigs to bees, silkworms and water buffalo.
Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.