Once upon a real time, in a small village in rural Uganda, a pig came to live on the farm of Mary Ilero and her husband, Julius Egadu. Mary, who was the pig’s primary caregiver, named her Friend. Mary and husband Julius needed a friend. The didn’t have enough money to feed and educate their three children. Julius worked in construction, but there wasn’t enough work. They hoped Friend would help them, but they had no idea how much.
Friend gave birth to nine piglets in 2017. Mary knew how to keep Friend and her piglets healthy because trainers from MCC partner Action for Peace and Development (APED) taught her and Julius how to feed them and medicate them before APED gave them the pig. Mary sold each of the piglets for about $21, using the proceeds to buy a cow that she named Patience. Patience had a calf in 2018 and began producing milk that Mary’s children can drink and that Mary can use to make yogurt, cheese, and butter. She kept the calf so that it, too, could eventually produce, but she could sell it for about $160 as a yearling and about $266 as an adult if needed.
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