The Heifer Fund provides families (who apply for the program), a starter animal that is native to their area and training on how to best care for that animal. They must promise to give back the first offspring of that animal to another family in the community. Any subsequent offspring are theirs, to use to feed their family or sell to make extra income. It helps families improve their lives, without taking them out of their local cultures, and by giving them a sustainable resource that they are responsible for.
I hate preachy posts, so that's not what this is about. Just take a look, and maybe, tell someone else about it...