A closer look at one Eggpreneur

 

Recently, we shared with you the story of the tornado and it’s damage to our main chicken barn.  Maintaining operations at Eggpreneur has been challenging; however, we have managed to gather our courage and energy together to continue the work. We would like to thank all those who have donated towards rebuilding a new barn. 

In the midst of the storm, we have seen another Eggpreneur champion rise up out of poverty with a flock of 500 birds. We spoke about Anastacia at Christmas time, and we wanted to share with you a more detailed, first hand report of her progress.  We sat down with Anastacia last week to hear her story of trial and triumph.  

 

I am Annastacia Ngina from Machakos County, Kithini village.  I am a widow and a mother of 4 children. After my husband died, life became tough and I had no job or any source of income to feed my family. I struggled everyday looking for casual work in the village to get money for food.   When I heard about the Eggpreneur initiative, a project that creates self-employment for women, I was excited.  I immediately registered for the poultry training with high hopes that my children’s life would change for the better.

TRAINING

I started training in September of 2015, I learned about poultry management, record keeping, financial literacy and child nutrition. One important aspect about the training was the fact that it wasn’t just theoretical but really hands-on and full of practical examples

 Anastasia and a meat bird

Anastasia and a meat bird

using the actual birds at the Eggpreneur demonstration center. I kept my notes from all the programs on feeding and vaccination. In February 2016, I passed my final exams and graduated, my poultry journey had begun.

EGGPRENEUR INITIATIVE

After my graduation, the chicken coop was built by Eggpreneur and I received 150 ISA Brown layer birds. These birds needed a lot of attention and care. This was a challenge for me, as I had no one to help with other family activities and my children started going to school.  I lacked time for my birds. This led to less income than expected and sometimes I incurred losses. I had to find a solution.

I spoke with the project managers at Eggpreneur about my challenges and was advised to switch to Kuku Kienyeji birds, a meat bird breed which is easier to manage and still lays some eggs.   This is where my success story started. These birds grow fast and I am able to sell them as meat birds within a cycle of three to four months.  I keep a few hens to lay eggs for the family.   I also sold the eggs as table eggs to the market. I did hatch a few chicks,which helped me grow my chicken flock to 500 birds.  I can sell each bird at $8-10. Finally, I was confident of a stable source of income for my family’s needs.

OUTLOOK

Not all of us can succeed in the same thing but the most important is to learn what suits you and to never lose hope. At the moment, I am able to provide good food for my children, pay school fees, pay all other house bills and have readily available, delicious, fresh eggs as a source of protein for my family. I am grateful for the opportunity I have received through Eggpreneur Initiative.

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At Eggpreneur, we are really grateful for each of you who help us to be change agents starting in the home, which spreads to the village, community and entire country.  If you would like to support a mother like Anastacia please donate the link below. We are still short some funds to start rebuilding another barn, but we do hope with your support we can get this work started soon.   Thank you.

Matt Dickson                                                                                                                            

Founder & CEO Eggpreneur Initiative

Mail Cheques to: Lakeside HOPE House
PO Box 1869 Guelph, N1H 7A1 (Memo: “The Eggpreneur Project”)

OR

Online through Canada Helps at: GIVE THROUGH THE LAKESIDE HOPE HOUSE                         (Please select “The Eggpreneur Project” from the drop down menu to ensure the funds are directed to Eggpreneur.)