Stopping hunger in Mozambique: Alberto

Photo: Joel Chiziane/OxfamAUS

Our series of blog posts from Mozambique is nearly finished, and while this week’s story is short, it’s also sweet. Meet 15-year-old Alberto Atanasio Malhaieie from Mabawane in Gaza Province, who received a goat and training to care for the goat from our local partner organisation. Oxfam News editor Maureen Bathgate visited Alberto to learn more.

When did you receive the goat?

I received the goat in 2008. Just one goat. A female.

Have you taken care of a goat before?

Yes, I owned 10 goats before, when I lived with my father.

What do you have to do to take care of a goat?

They are very easy to take care of. Every day in the morning I take the goat to graze, and around 9 or 10 o’clock, I bring it home to drink water. Then I take it back again to the grass.

How did you feel when you received the goat?

I am very happy because it is a female goat and it will have babies and I can sell them and buy things for school. I am in Grade Six.

What would you like to do when you finish school?

I would like to become an English teacher.

Next week, in our final blog post, Elisa tells a bit more of her story. (

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