This was the very first cow for the Abaharaniramahoro Cooperative in Eastern Rwanda – part of Never Again Fellowship. They received it with so much joy and gratitude to donor Arlene Satterlee. Arlene gave this cow as a Christmas gift to all of her grandchildren and named it “Leona” after her mother. Most of Co-op members are women, and they have been dreaming of having a cow for a very long time. It was such a special day for them; they could not stop singing and dancing for joy.
“We felt it was a shame not to have a cow while other communities had cows. But we had a dream that one day it would happen. For us, a cow is the symbol of prosperity and peace. We thank you so much our donors for having taken us to this important level in our lives. Our prayers are answered and we hope this is the beginning of our miracles in raising cows.” Dancille (woman in blue dress with blue scarf)
“For so many years we have known that a Rwandan is someone who has a cow. Not having one made us think we were not really part of Rwandan society. I am saying this for our donors to have an idea of how much important their work is in our lives. We thank you so much. You make us feel we are true Rwandans now.” Narcisse
“Having a cow for us will influence our development in a positive way. We thank our donors who are so generous to us. We feel so confident that our sustainable development is possible as long as we have people like you who hold us into their hands so that we don’t fall down.” Jonas (man in yellow jacket)
“It is our pleasure and privilege that we have generous people who help us make a dreams a reality. We are glad that we have a cow that will be part of our income generating projects. Donors, we can’t thank you enough! Through the impact of this cow on our lives, we will show you why we have many reasons to be thankful.” Eugene, Co-op Leader