Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. For 7-year-old twins Aimable and Aime in Rwanda, two little pigs changed everything.
The twins live in poverty with their parents and two older sisters. Their father found what work he could, helping on farms in their rural community. With his meager earnings, the family barely could afford one meal a day.
"We couldn’t afford to meet most of our basic needs from the little income that my husband made from digging gardens for other people," says the twins' mother, Dancille. "Since we have four children, life was hard."
Their situation began to improve when the twins’ sponsor, Emily in Oklahoma, sent a family gift. Their Compassion center staff used the money to buy two piglets for Aimable and Aime’s family. The staff trained them in how to care for the pigs and how to use them to earn money.
"We were trained to save, take advantage of what we have and spend responsibly," says Dancille.
Without training, Dancille says the family would have been unsure of what to do with the piglets because they had never raised an animal before. With training from the center staff, they learned how to properly feed and care for the piglets, which soon grew and became a source of income for the family.