Heifer International – 75 Years
This year many Arkansas businesses are celebrating big anniversaries alongside our state’s celebration of its territory bicentennial. Anniversaries are always an accomplishment, whether it’s one year, a centennial or more.
Bought as part of the Louisiana Purchase, the land that became Arkansas was established as a territory on March 2, 1819, according to the “Encyclopedia of Arkansas.” To celebrate the bicentennial, Arkansans gathered at the State Capitol in March for a party complete with a birthday cake, historical displays and a speech from Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
Several of the state’s businesses are holding their own anniversary celebrations this year. It’s a milestone many do not get to enjoy. Twenty percent of businesses never see their first anniversary, and only about half will make it to their fifth year, according to the Small Business Administration. Arkansas is lucky to have such a diverse economy made up of local, homegrown businesses that Arkansans have continued to support for many years.
Over the course of 75 years, Heifer International has changed the lives of 32.3 million families across the globe. Dan West, Heifer founder, started the nonprofit with the “teach a man to fish” philosophy, and it is still the driving force in Heifer’s efforts to end world hunger and poverty.
Heifer has projects in 25 countries that aim to train farmers in sustainable techniques and other skills so that they have the tools they need to make their communities self-sufficient. Heifer is working to empower women in Nepal, boost milk yields in East Africa and end poverty here in Arkansas by working with small-scale farmers to transform communities.
In addition to helping Arkansas farmers, Heifer works to raise awareness of world hunger. The Heifer Ranch and Global Village in Perryville has a range of education programs for adults as well as children of all ages. Heifer hopes that those who participate will take what they learned and pass it on to spread awareness further.