The cost of a goat: $200.00 as of November 2008
The cost of the pregnant female healthy goat of medium to large size gets it to the chosen village with these added matters tended to:
The goat will be given de-worming pills twice a year; ear tags for the goats; vaccinations; inoculations; veterinarian care; educating the women on caring for the goats; shots and other veterinary work up; gender training for the men and women of the villages to understand what each persons work load is each day to assist with understanding of all women do and men too; animal training for proper care; a male breeder goat of the highest quality PER 50 female goats, (51 goats for 25 women); far exceeding the cost of the female pregnant goat; the male will be used within the village freely regardless of the group it lives in; and sold for stud services to other villages which is kept by the woman in charge of the male goat; micro-financing; a micro banking account per group of 25 women where the interest charged per loan STAYS in the original bank for the use of each groups discretion from animal care to improvements in the group as they vote for it. Materials (such as books) for record keeping are also part of the ‘goat’ package. Payment for our goat gathers including transporting the goats comes from the goat money as well. What does not come from the $200.00 is overhead to the foundation, pay to anyone or travel costs or other work otherwise freely given.
MICRO BANKING: The women of the group will govern who the loans can go to per the request of a group member, only. Men/husbands have to gothrough their wives with their request for her to present it to the reviewing committee for loans in their group. The time to repay will be stated and held to as agreed by the committee; no loan will cost the borrower more than 15% per the original agreement set forth by the R Star Ministries in 2003. (This is to keep the loans reasonable rather than gouging as is commonly done to the farmers, the agricultural workers ad other poverty stricken people).
Further on the goats; we buy at fair market prices, only. We do not encourage gouging, low balling the purchases or threatening the sellers in anyway.
As an aside, the average death rate of goats in Nepal runs around 35% or higher . We currently run around 5% which is unheard of. We teach ‘petting’ the goats which overcomes the lesser food they are fed due to the extreme poverty, perhaps even ignorance of what animals need to be at their healthiest. We teach LOVE which goes beyond the animals we note. We also request sheds, lean-to’s and other shelter be accessible for all their livestock, along with clean water available too.
We are getting compliance with these requests which also extends the life and health of the goats; thus the prosperity for the women, the children and ultimately, the village and district and country! We are eliminating poverty!