Prisca with her flourishing keyhole garden

How we work

Every day families face poverty that is extreme, cruel, and worst of all – unnecessary. But rural Africa is rich with opportunity and where there is land, there is hope.

Send a Cow doesn’t impose solutions, we help grow them from within. That’s why they work. Our African-designed solutions were developed with, and for, the communities we support. Families get back the skills and confidence they need to get the most from their land. Families can grow enough food, earn a living and go after their dreams.

And because the families we work with pass on what they know, success quickly multiplies, from family to family, community to community, generation to generation.

Working across six African countries, we speak many languages. But in all of them, Send a Cow has come to mean a better future.

Who we work with

100% are smallholder farmers.

Families who can learn to grow nutritious crops from their own land.  

65% are female

Research has shown that women are more likely to invest income into their family‘s future.

50% are widows

We work with some of the most vulnerable people in Africa.

Many are disabled or have HIV/Aids

Our work ensures no one is left behind.

The three pillars to our work

Send a Cow | Josephine and John laughingOur local staff in Africa help families develop a shared vision for their home. Women in particular are supported to raise their aspirations beyond subsistence farming. We help husbands and wives work out how best to share the workload and decision-making to achieve their vision. Families become more harmonious and prosperous, and children grow up happier, better educated and with wider horizons.    

In three out of four households, women and men are now equal partners in making decisions about how to use the family's land, and how to share the workloads.*
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*Data from Our impact