Georgina lives in Chiapas, Mexico. Her day starts at 3:00 a.m. when she turns on the lights in her chicken coops. She has learned the hens lay more eggs with the light. At 6:00 a.m. she is on the bus to town with dozens of yesterday’s eggs. At 8:30 a.m. she opens the covers on the sunrise side of her coops. At 9:30 she opens the doors so they can roam and forage on bugs and grass. Then its clean the waterers and give the hens forage. Lights out at 5:00 when she starts dinner for her husband and two boys. Then it’s bookkeeping and the orders to fill tomorrow.
Now all that wore me out. But Georgina lives each day with joy, because her life has been lifted from poverty to plenty. Her first trip to town was all about nerves. She packed 6 dozen eggs and within hours sold them all to one buyer for $12.60 and she has never had to look back.
Heifer also helped Rudy, her husband, invest in 115 mango tree seedlings to supplement his coffee income. Aldair, 12, and Miler, 5, are both in school with sharper minds because of an improved diet. “Now we can give them something that is nutritious,” Rudy said. “We can buy juice now, not just color and water.”