The Challenge

Lesotho has scarce resources and limited agricultural space, as most the country consists of harsh highlands. As a result it has traditionally been dependent on South Africa, with men living away from home to work in its mines.

However, employment opportunities have dwindled in recent years, and our challenge is therefore to bring men, women and entire communities back together – where, as farmers, they can discover their effectiveness and build new markets.

The Approach

Parts of Lesotho are now dotted with keyhole gardens – the pioneering vegetable-growing method that we introduced to Lesotho. These gardens produce food throughout the extreme heat of summer and cold of winter, so families can eat better and earn an income.

And while sustainable farming is our focus in the country, we also provide some poultry, rabbits and goats. Milk from dairy goats is considered particularly healthy for those with HIV/AIDS – around a quarter of Lesotho’s adult population.

Lesotho faces the environmental challenge of regular rains and hailstorms, which can wash the country’s fragile soils down hillsides in hours. Send a Cow combats this by providing hailnets to protect vegetable gardens, by terracing sloping land, and by planting trees – the roots of which bind soil together.

The Impact

Send a Cow is now helping over 3,000 households to create sustainable food and local markets in Lesotho, and your support means that the work there can extend far beyond food security too.

One effect of such high HIV/AIDS rates is that many children are orphaned here. In partnership with the charity SOS Villages, we work with a group of orphans and vulnerable children, helping to give them a better start in life.

Latest update

Read the latest news about our work in Lesotho following the Spring 2016 emergency appeal.