Kiva Lending Team: Family income scheme
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Children’s Rights Group Int e.V is promoting families keep sheep to support their children in school.
It is generally said sheep produce excellent milk and wool a double advantage for poor families.
Like goats, sheep can do well in climates and terrain not suited to cows. Also, sheep milk is the most digestible of all the milk producing animals for humans' consumption. Sheep's milk also contains the highest butterfat content, which is great for cheese and butter. Sheep can produce 1 gallon of milk a day and 12 lbs. of wool a season.
Like goats, sheep produce twins every year, which the poor parents can sell to produce income so the family can buy other needed items.
With 200 Euro, we are able to buy a pregnant sheep for a single family to keep.
Unique nutritional benefits of sheep's milk: Sheep's milk is unique by containing 25% Medium chain length fatty acids or medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which the medical researchers have recognised as unique lipids with unique applications. Their medical and nutritional values have been the subject of at least 102 publications during the past 10 years demonstrating real benefits in malabsorption syndroms, chyluria, steatorrhea, hyperlipoproteinemia, and in cases of intestinal resection, coronary by-pass, premature-infant feeding, childhood epilepsy, cystic fibrosis and gallstones, because of their unique metabolic ability to provide energy instead of contributing to adipose tissues as other lipids do. MCT also inhibit or limit cholesterol deposition, dissolve cholesterol gallstones, and contribute to normal growth of infants. MCT are unique, because they do not follow the general lipid transport pathway through the lymphatic system and into the prostaglandin metabolism. Instead they go through the portal system directly into the liver, where they are oxidised into quickly available energy for body utilisation.
Role of sheep in sustainable farming: Sheep work in tandem with goats to transform a jungle of weeds, brush, and grass into productive farm land. After the goats have eaten all the woody brush and tall weeds, the sheep then mow down the foliage closer to the ground: grass and broadleaf vegetation. Within short order, sheep can reduce a field with 12 inch high grass and weeds to a "golf course" type terrain, with grass only an inch or two high. Did you know that for years, the White House lawn was mowed by sheep?
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Location: Nkar village in Kumbo Cameroon Africa Team website
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