Excitement is building for 70 single moms ready to start their pig businesses

December 24th is the launch date of our next Pigs For Poverty program with 70 families (mostly single moms) starting their own piglet-breeding program. In fact, over the next 6 months in excess of 120 families will be recipients of this program thanks to support from individual pig donors throughout the world, the Shenzhen Captivating Charity Auction, and matching donation from Captivating’s Chairman, Dean Beveridge. After 12 months in this program, and assuming families stick to the program, they will start to see their incomes increase and poverty become history. Of course, this ultimately means their children will stay in school for longer. Great news.

Currently, families are being interviewed and assessed by our local coordinator and program implementer, Shamtse Charity. Training will then follow on how to run an efficient and effective business, sites prepared to ensure appropriate hygiene practices can be maintained, and relationships built with the local animal husbandry providers and veterinary clinics. Once everything is in order, these single moms will each receive 2 breeding piglets, quality feed to get them through the first growing period, vaccinations and ongoing instruction. The two breeding piglets they receive will mature over the next 9 – 12 months, before themselves becoming “moms”.  From that point on, each sow will be capable of producing 12 – 20 piglets a year – piglets that will be sold at market.

Our thanks to everyone who has got behind this program, a program that will ultimately ensure more stable futures for the children of these single moms. This brings her such huge relief – priceless.

CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

The "My First Job Program" has changed my life

Wango is the best student in the My First Job Assistant Chef program. She is a fast leaner and all the food she cook is always delicious. Wango takes the My First Job classes seriously and works really hard to learn everything she possibly could. It takes her 1 hour by motorcycle from her home to attend class everyday.




CHINA | HEALTHY VILLAGE PROGRAM | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

The opportunity to go back to school

Drugmo is 22 years old and lives with her grandmother. She comes from a nomadic rural area and attended the Healthy Village Project in December 2018.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

A brand new future for a single mom with 3 children to support

Chogkyid beams as she tells us how grateful she is for this opportunity to learn a skill. “Cooking looks easy, but is quite hard. I especially need to learn to control the heat. It's very important in stir-frying. I've never cooked with vegetables before so this is an exciting time for me. In just a short few months, I have successfully learned to cook 22 different dishes. This is something I never thought I'd be able to do." When Chogkyid completes her training and internship, Shamtse [Captivating's in country partner] will help her secure her first job. She will be able to earn a good income, repay her debt and provide a bright future for herself and her children.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

Empowering women with confidence and skills in tailoring

In honor of International Women's Day, we would like to introduce you to Caidan. This talented lady is teaching tailoring skills to 30 women (mostly single moms) in the newest Captivating initiative the "Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women".




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | SENG GIRLS VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL (SGVTS)

Medical Internship

Dandur Tso comes from a family of 8 people. The family was in poverty and were not able to provide for their children. Dandur was accepted into the Seng Girls Vocational Training School in 2007. After six years of primary education, she was supported through a Medical school where she discovered her love of medicine. She is currently completing her internship in a hospital and will graduate in July 2019.




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

10 piglets and 1 very happy Mom

This mom in Qinghai, China, is very happy and busy. Thanks to the Pigs for Poverty Project, she now has 10 piglets to take care of and sell. Before receiving two sows, she had very limited income opportunities for her family. Now, everything is different. "I am expecting an income of around 10 thousand RMB for the coming year. Thank you very much for helping us. We are very grateful. Pigs keep us very busy but they are increasing our family income. I am so happy to raise them. With this extra income, my children's education will be able to continue. I will be always grateful."