Animals, Agriculture & Livelihoods

Families engaged in subsistence farming often live in chronic poverty and malnutrition, lacking the skills to get the most out of their small patches of land. Others have seen their livelihoods wiped out by drought, disaster, or war. Through our Animals, Agriculture, and Livelihoods programmes, Samaritan's Purse has helped to provide thousands of impoverished farmers, herders, and fishermen around the world with the resources and training they need to feed their families and even obtain a modest income that can be used for education, medical care, or other needs.


Dairy Animals

A dairy goat typically produces about a quart of milk a day, rich with proteins, vitamins, and minerals that help children grow strong and adults stay healthy. When we provide a pregnant goat, the recipient gives the first offspring to another family in need. We also supply dairy cows.


Chickens & Other Poultry

Needy families receive a clutch of baby chickens that can grow up to lay thousands of fresh eggs every year. We provide the start-up food, materials to build a coop, vocational training, and marketing skills to each participant. Staff veterinarians teach the participants how to construct a coop, mix their own chicken feed, and care for the chickens.



Samaritan’s Purse provides donkeys, oxen, and cattle to help work the land, as well as sheep and llamas whose fleece can furnish warm clothing and a steady income.



Bees produce nutritious honey and beeswax that can be used to make candles, cosmetics, or other products. Beekeeping requires only a small amount of land and equipment, and by pollinating crops, bees can increase fruit and vegetable yields. We provide beehives, training, protective clothing, and other supplies



Samaritan's Purse works with churches and communities to construct and supply ponds that yield high-protein fish or shrimp.


Farm & Garden

Barren land can be transformed into flourishing fields by teaching improved agricultural methods and providing seeds and tools. We provide farmers with drought-tolerant seeds, equipment, and training in rainwater harvesting and irrigation techniques, helping produce bountiful crops.


Fruit Trees & Forestry

In hard times, families desperate for firewood resort to cutting trees, leaving the land barren and fruitless. Samaritan’s Purse helps them replant orange, mango, and other fruit trees that yield nutritious food and prevent erosion

A New Harvest

A local farmer in Bolivia is thankful to God for sending Samaritan's Purse engineers to teach him how to plant and harvest golden berries. The new crop provides him with a stable source of income for his family and enables them to remain in their home near Chuma.
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