Fridah never attended a training workshop but bought 20 chicks from Eggpreneur early in 2019. Unfortunately she’s been struggling with disease and limited resources to improve the living conditions of her chickens, so she’s lost many of them. Ruth and Ann (Eggpreneur team members), and Lauren and I (Fellowes) visited her homestead and found that earlier that day she had mistaken a chick to be dead, so she left it to die on the roof of the small poultry structure. However, Ann immediately realized that it could be saved and carefully taught Fridah how to nurse the chick back to life. After discussing her challenges and sharing recommendations on how she could improve conditions with the few resources and money she has, Fridah expressed a great desire to attend a training workshop so she can gain the knowledge necessary to start again and care for her chicks the right way.
This is the kind of story that has shown me the true power of an egg. Fridah has been met with obstacles at every turn, and yet she perseveres. An egg, to her, represents a future full of better health, financial security and ownership of her life, of her livelihood. To her, an egg represents hope.
Avery B. James
Santa Clara University, Class of 2020
Communication and Political Science
Global Social Benefit Fellowship, 2019 Cohort