The boys’ rabbits came from litters the family raised in small pens they learned to build with the Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program. They’ve been raising rabbits for four years and had 10 when I visited with them last month. Abdulla said they usually have more, but had recently sold many of the rabbits. Each litter of bunnies born to the small colony consists of seven or eight kits, and each grows to weigh as much as 13 pounds by the time Abdulla processes them for the family’s consumption. In all, he says they eat rabbit about twice a month and sell the rest for petty cash to put towards other expenses. Unfortunately, Abdulla’s family didn’t always eat such a varied diet – or have such a robust income from their efforts. Before participating in training through the program, they ate ugali (a dense ball made of maize flour and water, staple fare for locals) and beans for virtually every meal. They fed their children differently as well. Nuhu, the oldest, was breastfed for only four months and then transitioned to a porridge-based diet, but his young sister, Tunda, has benefited from six months of exclusive breast feeding and a variety of vegetables thereafter. Tunda now eats the same meals as the rest of the family while still supplementally breastfeeding.