USA, Australian aid projects give Alpine Goats to Women in Zall-Bastar

Last week, U.S. Ambassador, Alexander Arvizu, and the Australian Ambassador to Albania, Mike Rann, participated in a special ceremony to provide 32 women with an Alpine goat. The goats are provided through USAID and Australian grants to provide sustainable livelihoods for rural families in the remote, mountainous villages in the district of Tirana. USAID is providing goats to 20 women, as well as training in goat care, farm management, and the production of quality goat cheese. Other farmers’ families will be supported by the women “passing the gift” of the first female kid to a neighboring family. With the addition of the 12 goats donated by the Australians, the project is expected to result in 84 families receiving goats and engaging in milk and cheese production.  Veterinary specialists of Heifer Albania will monitor the growth and health of the animals.