Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Heifer International helps families around the world earn a living

Even though 2020 has been so hard it has made us realize how much we need to give to each other. Over the years I have noticed companies giving back and I love it, you know I do, but something about 2020 and a rise in companies. Maybe I’m just more aware of it this year and noticing it more, I don’t know but there really seems to be an increase. Heifer International is one of those companies that care so much about the people. They help families in over 21 countries get livestock and other animals that help support their families. Their entire model is supporting people. Check below on how you can help. Keep in mind that giving in someone’s name is a great Christmas gift.

Heifer International has invested in the farmers, they not only want to help give them training but also help them be successful. If the farmer is successful their village is more successful as well. this helps with Nutritious food. Shelter. Clean water, access to education and very important health care. Helping those who are hungry is something that i’m very passionate about and Heifer is a great organization for those in need.

There are many ways to give to Heifer, one is by giving an animal which I will touch on in a bit, and the other is through actual merchandise. That they sell. A wide variety of items from plushes to bowls to beautiful necklaces.


One thing I really love is that when you are looking at these products, they also tell you about the people that are making them. You have a face behind a product, and you know where your money is going. Let’s take these Confetti Farm animal ornaments for example. They are beyond cute and you can tell they are very well made. You can choose from a cow, llama, goat, rooster, sheep or a pig.


Who makes these beautiful creations? That would be Edwin Hasacca Condori. In the 80’s his dad and four brothers escaped Lima. He works side by side with his dad and also his wife creating things out of clay.


Another option that I was very excited about receiving was the trio of JM Thomason Cardamom seasoning blends. Let me just say that for $22 you get all 3 and they are huge portions of each. In the trio, you receive Garam Masala, Gaucho Espresso, and Parisian Pastry blends.


Cardamom crops thrive in the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala but only when farmers there overcome pervasive threats of pests and poverty. Promesa Cardamel has set up training, education and gifts of cardamom seeds, beehives, and coffee plants. They have helped 1,006 spice farmers like Elvira Pec Beb of Alta Verapaz boost yields, reach profitable markets, and lift themselves out of poverty and onward to better livelihoods.


Garam Masala is such a versatile spice that I think so many forget about it. Check out my recipe below for a Garam Masala Apple Walnut Crumble.


Please take a look at all the other options in their marketplace.


I mentioned earlier about giving livestock. You really can, and it has such value that we don’t realize. If you were to purchase a goat for $120, it will help with the following:


  • Provides milk, cheese and butter for nourishment

  • Boosts income through sales of extra milk

  • Encourages better crop yields by creating fertilizer and clearing land


If a goat isn’t your style you can do a flock of chicks for only $20. You can see their entire catalog of options on their site to pick the best option for you and your budget.


You can also give monthly that way a family gets a goat or another animal each and every month.


With so many options to help, I know you can find something and there is always the idea of putting the gift in another person’s name as a gift to them and the family in need of help?

As promised my Garam Masala Apple Walnut Crisp recipe:






About 6 apples peeled and sliced (or you can dice them too)

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon garam masala

2 tablespoon lemon juice

Pinch of salt





½ butter softened

1 ½ cups almond flour

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ teaspoon garam masala

Pinch of salt

1 cup (or more) walnuts (you can course chop them if you want)




Preheat oven to 350F

Grease baking dish. You can use a pie dish or a cast iron pan as well

In a medium bowl toss the apple slices with lemon juice, garam masala, and a pinch of salt and set aside

In another bowl, mix the crumble topping. Mash the butter with almond flour, maple syrup, garam masala, and salt. Once combined stir in walnuts.

Pour on top of the apples

Bake for 35 minutes or until the apples are soft and the crumble is golden brown on top




What animal would you pick to help?  

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  1. I learned so much through this post! I didn't know much about Heifer International before reading this. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Heifer International sounds like such an incredible initiative for people to support and take part in. Thank you for sharing.

  3. What an awesome initiative! So lovely to learn about. :)

  4. I am glad that Heifer International is focusing on India too. If I can be of any help, please do let me know.

  5. Oh yes, I have interacted with Heifer International here before and I love their model of giving them an animal, that they can make use of to help other people in urgent need of assistance!

  6. Helping people learn to be able to take care of themselves is the best gift. I know a local family who can't do it and I'm so very sad I can't help them more than I do.