A luxury holiday company in Northampton is buying cows for Kenyan villagers to help lift them out of poverty.
Africa Exclusive, based in Abington, has raised £30,000 to fund a project by the Send a Cow charity to make people self-sufficient, by using cattle products to generate cash.
The three-year project has so far helped 40 families in the village of Jinuii, Kenya.
John Burdett, co-director of Africa Exclusive, in Christchurch Road, said: “We provide holidays to Kenya and all over Africa and we wanted to give something back.”
One of the villagers the project helped was Lawrence, who harvested sugar-cane for just £1.20 a day, and was unable to provide for his five children. He now earns £4 a day from milk sales alone, has invested in chickens and is able to grow and sell vegetables.
Mr Burdett said: “They tend to use any extra money to pay for school fees. They might make improvements to their homes, but most of the money goes towards education and in further money- making projects.”
Send a Cow cattle produce milk to be sold on, while animal urine and manure can fertilise vegetable gardens, improving diets and giving people produce to sell.
In the first year after the project, Jinuii village has had an extra £50,000 income, almost double the initial investment.
Africa Exclusive want to raise another £30,000 for the village of Siaya. If you would like to be involved, call 01356 512592.