Their bags sat ready at the door. Again. Tavish looked around at the room that had sheltered them for the past few months; then he and his family of five began their trip back to their house in a distant village. Where was their home? It was here; it was there; it was wherever he could find a job.
One day, Pastor Naimish walked up to Tavish and told him some amazing news: Tavish would receive a cow as a free gift, simply because God loved him and saw his need.
“When Pastor Naimish told us that we can get a gift of a cow, we were really overjoyed,” Tavish recalls, “because we did not have anything in our house to call our own. But we felt that if we get the cow, we can really improve our lives.”
Their new gift-from-God cow soon gave birth to a calf and started producing milk. By milking the mother cow twice a day and selling the milk, Tavish earned enough money to comfortably meet his family’s basic needs and finally start giving them the life he longed for them to have.
The milk money meant they no longer needed to find labor work in distant areas, which meant they could finally settle down together as a family—and afford school fees. Tavish happily watched his children go to school instead of to work. His cow was enabling his children to jump from the path of illiteracy and perpetual poverty to the path of opportunity and education. And that was only the beginning.
Eager to best utilize his gift, Tavish considered what to do now that he had two cows. The income from selling milk helped the family, but caring for multiple cows became challenging for his family. He decided that selling one cow would help his family’s situation and also provide greater capital for developing his livelihood.
“I had observed others who were raising goats,” Tavish explains, “and I came to know that the goats, they bear kids once every five months. … [If I sell the mother cow and] buy some goats, they will be another additional source of income for me.”
When the calf was old enough to leave its mother, Tavish sold his original cow and bought a pair of goats. Within a few months, his goats multiplied and gave him two goat kids. He sold those kids and earned in that one sale what it previously took his entire family six months of hard labor to earn! As helpful as the milk money had been for the family’s basic needs, gaining such a large sum a few times a year boosted their financial situation yet again and enabled them to purchase new clothes, school books and other supplies.
Tavish thanks God for those who enabled him to give a better life to his family.
“I would like to thank those who have helped me get the cow as a gift. My life has definitely been blessed 100 percent.”
“I would like to thank those who have helped me get the cow as a gift. My life has definitely been blessed 100 percent,” Tavish says.
Tavish currently has his growing calf and five goats, the two parents and three new kids. He plans to sell the male kids and keep the females to increase his herd.
Tavish’s situation has improved drastically because of the gift of a cow, but generational poverty is not eradicated in one day. Tavish continues to diligently care for his family and plan for their future. Even though they are still recovering from their poverty, his business plans don’t just focus on his own family.
“I am really willing to give one of my goats to a needy or a poorer person,” he says. “I am just waiting for the goats to grow up, and then definitely I will do what I have decided in my heart.”
Tavish knows firsthand how needy his neighbors are and how significant income-generating animals are in his own life, and he is willing to share from the little he has to help others experience the blessings he received.
In 2018, partners like you helped provide gifts for 241,732 poor families, enabling them to earn an income or raise their quality of life. Many of those families received animals, such as cows, goats, chickens and pigs, and are continually reaping benefits from those gifts. We rejoice in God for the thousands of families who are making their way out of dire poverty! Yet thousands more remain trapped in destitution. Our work is not yet done.
You can stand alongside Tavish and help families like his escape poverty by providing income-generating animals. Every family who is helped can become an agent for more change! Demonstrate Christ’s love today by giving good gifts to those in need.