A Cow is a Treasure
“Give me a cow,” said old Halil. “That’s all I need. If we had cows, we could take care of ourselves again.”
So a Global Impact member agency encouraged a group of 24 displaced families living in Slatina, outside of Sarajevo, to put together a plan.
With funding from the Global Impact member, four veteran farmers of the group went to the area livestock market. They returned with 10 hearty cows, nine of which were pregnant.
Families with the greatest need received the cows, and the others receive a share of the milk and cheese. In addition, the group made an “in-kind” payback by providing milk and cheese to a local group for distribution to Sarajevo’s neediest.
Amir, chair of the Cow Committee who saw his 11-year-old son killed by a grenade put it this way: “Now I feel like a human being again,” he says seriously and with his head held high, “because now I can help others who are even worse off than we are.”