The presence of cow and goat as domestic cattle in Indian history and culture has been from the time immemorable. In rural India,the more cattle a household has, the more high status the household gains both economically and socially. However, the majority of the population, as they are poor, cannot have such fortune because of their poverty. Cow and Goat Rearing Project aims to end the poverty of poor women in outlying areas by distributing cows and goats. The project has also the plan to distribute buffalo, pigs and chicken to expand the scope of poor women’s economic activities. In this regard, many international friends find the project an interesting and effective means to eliminate poverty.
As a first step, the members of a WPC group select 2 to 3 applications among those received from the women in their respective villages. IIMC staff will then visit the hoses of the preselected women to do inspections. A very important criterion for selection is that the beneficiary woman can provide a suitable shelter to keep the animal. If this first requirement is met, then the woman who is mostly in need will be selected and will be given either a cow or a goat, depending on the applicant’s desire. When delivered, the cow is approximately 1 to 1.5 years old, while the goat is 6 to 9 months old. Every 3 months the IIMC Women Peace Council team visits the beneficiaries of the project to ensure that the animals are kept in a clean and adequate environment, and to give advice to the women on how to maintain their beasts healthy.