Why do we do this?
Honestly? Having flexibility in how we spend your money helps us to respond most effectively in often changing situations. We tailor our activities so that they are appropriate to each community we work with, so whilst fixing a well is the best solution in one area, we might need to provide safe water through drilling a borehole in another. Rachel's story is a great example of how our flexible approach helps and empowers people.
In 2012, prolonged droughts in Salima, Malawi, caused Rachel to lose her entire crop - her family's only source of income and food. Oxfam offered to train Rachel in drought-resistant farming but Rachel told Oxfam that the best way to help her would be to give her chicks. Rachel wanted to be able to make a living from her home, where she cares for her children and disabled husband. From 12 chicks she began to breed chickens and sell the eggs from her home.
Rachel's family now have more food and a reliable source of income. She has sent 2 of her children back to school and formed a chicken cooperative with her neighbours. For others the right solution may be farming tools, training or help standing up for their rights. This is why it is important that we can use the money we raise in a flexible way.