Goats by Consensus

Village life is run by consensus — meeting under a tree, talking a lot, and drinking chai. The ladies being given chickens and goats have a chairperson and a treasurer. They meet in committee, make reports, and send the Barry A Murphy Fund copies of their reports.

The Barry A Murphy Fund began in 2014 sending funds to purchase 20 baby milking goats each year. These were given to the poorest women chosen by the Village Chairman. Their babies are then shared with other women of the village. Traditionally male goats are not shared. These can be sold, but there is also care given to change males that remain to prevent illness among the goats.  The female goats provide much needed nourishment for the families.

The “chicken ladies” have a chairperson and a treasurer, as do all other village committees. The school committees have a PTA, along with other local dignitaries.