Sofia Arivilca grew up in extreme poverty and married at age 14. After 4 children, her marriage fell apart and Sofia became a single mother. Moving from place to place, at times homeless, Sofia found help in Heifer Peru’s Healthy Homes program. The bed in this photo is the first proper bed Sofia has ever had.
When animals give birth, or a first crop is harvested, farmers pay their good fortune forward to another family in a ceremony called the Passing of the Gifts, which may include baby livestock and seeds. Heifer Peru participates in the ceremony by passing along tools, educational materials and instruction that will enable women to build clean homes so their families can live in healthy conditions.