Proceeds of Promise

The Proceeds of Promise Event has ended with two very special numbers:

$250 – The amount of money we raised for the cause! Most came in the form of 10% from sales donations, but we had a couple of team members who pitched in by giving a donation outright.
87665952 – Our donation number! Heifer International issues a unique donation number to every donation received, and this baby is all ours.

In thanks for the donation, Heifer International emailed, "Thank you for making a gift through Heifer International’s online gift catalog. Because of your donation, we can continue doing our work across the globe — offering livestock, training and other resources so struggling families can become self-reliant. And because of the commitment each recipient makes to "Pass on the Gift", one purchase from you can create a ripple effect that soon empowers entire communities to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty once and for all. Your generous gift will provide a family with the precious gift of self-reliance, and we are grateful to you for helping to end hunger and poverty in a beautiful, practical way."

And what did we donate? A whole lotta goodness to help families all over the world, and help the environment in the process! Here’s where our $250 went:

Gift: Amount: Description:

Earth Basket

60.00
Earth Baskets provide two essential gifts: additional income for families and support for the environment. Bees produce honey and wax that supply income when sold at the local market. And did you know that an active beehive’s pollenation makes for more efficient crop growth? The Earth Basket also contains tree seedlings which provide shade and fodder for animals and prevent soil erosion.
Flock of Hope 60.00
Your gift of a Flock of Hope will include chicks, ducklings and goslings that will grow up to lay precious eggs that mean hope and increasing health and prosperity for hungry families from the Philippines to Rwanda. Eggs add vital protein to malnourished families’ diets, and droppings provide a wonderful natural fertilizer to improve crop yields. Over time as the flocks grow, families can sell the surplus eggs and produce at market and use the extra income to send children to school, build secure housing and more!
Trio of Rabbits 60.00

A trio of rabbits from Heifer International is a low-cost, high-yield gift that helps impoverished families increase their protein intake and income. Rabbits are easy to care for; they eat simple foods, such as carrot tops, sweet potato vines and grasses. Rabbit manure can be applied directly on gardens without composting. And because rabbits have so many offspring, the process of passing on the gift multiplies each gift quickly and helps many other impoverished families better their lives.

Honeybees 30.00

From Uganda to El Salvador, bees from Heifer International help struggling families earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax and pollen. Beehives require almost no space and, once established, are inexpensive to maintain. As bees search for nectar, they pollinate plants. Placed strategically, beehives can as much as double some fruit and vegetable yields. In this way, a beehive can be a boost to a whole village.

Flock of Chicks 20.00

A flock of chicks can help families from Cameroon to the Caribbean add nourishing, life-sustaining eggs to their inadequate diets. The protein in just one egg is a nutritious gift for a hungry child. Protein-packed eggs from even a single chicken can make a life-saving difference. Heifer helps many hungry families with a starter flock of 10 to 50 chicks. A good hen can lay up to 200 eggs a year – plenty to eat, share or sell. Because chickens require little space and can thrive on readily available food scraps, families can make money from the birds without spending much. And chickens help control insects and fertilize gardens.

Flock of Ducks 20.00
Ducks are delightful creatures – good for both people and the environment. Ducks add protein to a project partner’s diet from eating eggs, money in their pockets from selling eggs and ducks, and better crops in the fields, as ducks remove weeds and bugs and add fertilizer. In Xiang Qian, China, ducks are as much as tripling some families’ incomes. People like Zonglin Zhou began with a starter flock of ducklings, and now they manage hundreds of ducks that enable them to send their children to school and offer them secure futures.

My most sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who got involved, and to every customer who helped us reach this worthwhile goal. May your holiday season be filled with warmth, smiles, and lots of laughter.


~Lolaness

This post was written by

Kate @ KnitStorm – who has written posts on Eco Etsy.

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