At Thanksgiving in Uganda, the families that we work with are female-led, single-parent households. Most of the women have either lost their husbands to abandonment, HIV/AIDs, or other tragic circumstances. In these situations, the woman is left without a way to provide and very little -if any- schooling to qualify her for employment.
Thanksgiving in Uganda strives to provide a way for these brave women to become self-sufficient. Each of the rabbits that are bred can either be eaten or sold for supplementary income. At $10 each, the rabbits are worth the equivalent of several days worth of manual labor.
Care for the rabbits is cost-effective and simple enough for a child or grandparent to do. Rabbits feed on weeds that grow around the house so the care is free after the initial startup cost of $280 per family for the rabbits and the hutch. Through generous donations, Thanksgiving in Uganda provides a self-sustaining source of financial stability and economic empowerment for just under $300.