The Women’s Goat Project (WGP) is a unique “micro-lending” program specific to rural areas. This program uses goats as currency instead of cash. Participants pay back in goat progeny, not cash. Each participant is ‘loaned’ 3 goats and must return 3 goats to a new participant. Goats can be sold but a brood of 2 goats must be kept for breeding and income generation. The goat project helps increase family income. It can also improve involvement in the village savings and loans associations and catalyze business creation.