Kids for Kids: Sustainable Goat loan for families in the poorest villages of Darfur, Sudan. Tackling malnutrition and providing livelihoods.

A flock of goats for a family will end child malnutrition. Goats provide a sustainable income, from selling animal bi-products at market.

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Organization name

Kids for Kids

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Scaling (the solution has passed the previous stages and is growing its impact on a regional or global scale)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $250k - $500k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • More than 100,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Headquarters location: City

Dorking, Surrey

Location(s) of impact

Darfur, Sudan. Kids for Kids has adopted 87 villages in this region with the aim to adopt all Darfur villages.


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Families in the villages of Darfur have very little food, no healthcare, no livelihoods, and no readily available drinking water. Mothers often cannot breastfeed because they are malnourished themselves. Ending malnutrition in these villages is essential to ensuring a healthy population, able to receive the benefits of other sustainable projects such as education, and livelihoods. If people are fed and healthy, they will be able to be involved in creating long-term positive change in their villages.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

We want to help people to help themselves, by giving them the resources, tools, and knowledge instrumental to eradicating malnutrition. Goats are the perfect animals to sustainably help families in Darfur. Goat’s milk provides urgently needed protein for children who suffer malnutrition. Women are able to take the surplus goats’ milk and sell it at market, thereby earning their first income ever. People have the preconception that goats cause desertification, however this is only if left to their own devices, but they never are in Darfur. When we adopt a village, we give 6 goats to the poorest 15% of families in a village. Each family is trained in animal husbandry, and a committee is formed to check up on the goats. After two years each family's flock of goats has grown in size, and they pass six goats on to another family. This ensures that each community member is a stakeholder in the success of the project, as they will later benefit because of its sustainability.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Our goat loan project is one of many projects including waterpumps, training midwives, first aid workers, and health care for the donkeys and goats we provide. We provide essentials such as blankets, mosquito nets, jerrycans, and more. We have adopted 87 villages so far, helping more than 370,000 people taking first steps out of poverty. To date we have planted 53,000 trees helping to reforest the desert and teaching livelihood techniques around our trees so our communities can market and sell bi-products such as moringa leaves which are full of Vitamin C. All of our projects work together to end malnutrition and bring livelihoods to the villages. Women sell goats milk and learn to make cheese and yogurt as well. Our Goat Loan scheme has been called ‘the best microfinance project ever’ by the Governor of North Darfur. The UN has said the only villages in Darfur that have no malnutrition are Kids for Kids villages.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Our initiative relies mainly on donations from our supporters. We have two large annual sell out events, twice yearly mailing appeals, a monthly lottery brining in funds, and our Regular Donors and Children’s Champions- major donors that commit their support for a minimum of three years. We work hard to raise awareness of our work, to ensure we attract more donors. Our reserves help to ensure our financial stability long-term, as we will not embark on a project without being able to cover the cost. This ensures that all of our projects are completed and we are not letting communities down. Estimated percentage of our annual income is: 75% from Donations and Legacies, 8% from Grants, 5% from Corporate Contributions, 2% from Earned Income, and 10% from Events.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Every project we have is sustainable because it is chosen and run by each individual village. The community will not be accountable to Kids for Kids long term, but to each other, as we aim to create prosperous self-reliant villages. We provide training for each project and community members form committees responsible for ensuring successful projects. Kids for Kids is the only organisation helping people in the villages of Darfur, whilst other NGOs focus on IDP camps.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Our story began with a 9 year old boy named Ibrahim. Kids for Kids founder Patricia Parker met Ibrahim in 2001 as he was walking seven hours across the Darfur desert to get to the nearest handpump. Ibrahim (in picture holding his families first goat!), the eldest of 5, was responsible for collecting water each day for his family- a dangerous challenge because of the violence and disorientating sandstorms that plague the desert. Patricia asked Ibrahim to introduce her to his family and village of Um Ga'al. It became clear to her that she had to do something for this little boy. She returned to the UK and raised £54,000 to install handpumps near the village. When she returned to Darfur, they told her that every boy and girl was now going to school because they no longer had to spend their days walking to get fresh water. Ibrahim started school at age 9 and Kids for Kids was born.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Participated in previous CSV Prize competitions

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Really interesting initiative.