"The best birthday gift I ever received"
“The latest letter I got from her was on the weekend of my birthday. I had sent her some extra money at Christmas as a special gift – but it was actually a special gift for me,” says Renee.
That’s because Maureen shared how she had been able to buy a goat with the gift and explained what this simple gift meant to her family – fresh milk to drink every day, the start of a small herd for her family, the chance for them to earn a steady income which meant they could finally stand on their own two feet.
“So, there I was, celebrating my birthday with my friends, but the most meaningful thing that happened was that I knew Maureen was able to get a goat and that goat would give her family a way to have a better life, a way to have more money, a way that they would be able to do more things in their community.
“And that was so meaningful to me, and just the best gift that I ever received; that I didn’t even know I needed!” says Renee.