Ryarusera, in the highlands of Burundi, contains a remarkable community dairy. Cows are loaned to families, who then re-pay the cost of the cow through the sale of the morning milk over a 12 month period. Even within that time the family already benefit with some income and by consuming the evening milk. This ensures families have much needed protein.
Our project transformed local dairy farming methods between 2010 and 2012, in turn boosting the local economy, increasing milk consumption and donating milk to a local orphanage. Families in the project continue to be able to pay for their children to go to school, increase their crop yield by using the manure and they have invested together to build a grain store.
Milk not only improves nutrition of the families but it also raises household income.
Milk that has not been used by the families is then transported to the local market. This is when bicycles come in very handy.
Ankole cows produce very little milk and tend to overgraze the land so they are replaced by Fresian cows that give milk in larger quantities.