“I never thought that I would be able to do all this with just one animal,” reflected Juan Martin Ruíz Lopez as he sat in front of his newly constructed house, which he built using the money he earned selling the offspring of a single pig.
Like many of the families in their community of Dulce Nombre de Jesús, Juan and his family had lived most of their lives in a house made of scrap material and palm branches. “Before, I did not think it would be possible for me to build a house,” recalled Juan.
But, when Amigos for Christ came to help his community repair their well in 2006, Juan heard about the opportunity to own livestock through the Pay It Forward program. He requested to participate, and his family received a pregnant pig that gave birth to 11 piglets a month later, each of which sold for about $40.
Thanks to this new source of income, Juan realized his pig could change their future in much bigger ways than he could possibly have imagined before. Instead of living on the edge of survival every day, Juan and his family began to dream about growing in previously unimaginable ways. “We were able to start thinking ahead to the future,” explained Juan. “I told my wife, ‘With this pig, we are going to build a house.’”
Since then, their pig and its offspring have given birth to a grand total of 97 piglets, an abundant blessing that made their once far-off dream a concrete reality when Juan began construction on their house about a year ago.
Besides enabling them to construct their home, the money they’ve earned from the sale of their piglets has also allowed them to dream bigger in every area of their life. “We can provide for our children and enable them to have a life of pride and dignity,” explained Juan. And, in the future, their earnings will enable them to afford the biggest dream of all for their children: education.
Thanks to just one pig, Juan and his family are able to imagine of a better story for their future and have the resources they need to make it happen. To give a gift that can empower a family to dream bigger and build a better future, visit www.amigosforchrist.org/giftsofopportunity and give the Gift of Opportunity today.