Having been born and raised in rural Kenya, we identified the challenges that women in our rural communities face in their daily struggles to earn a basic income and fend for their families. In every homestead in our rural communities there were and still there are free-range chicken being raised by our mothers. These chicken are reared as a source of food for the family or for sale in order to get some income and buy basic household necessities, pay hospital bills and school fees among many other expenses.
However, individual rural women practicing free-range chicken farming in Kenya are incapacitated in their efforts to grow their poultry businesses by 4 major challenges including: lack of access to quality farm inputs, agribusiness knowledge, financing and market linkages. These limitations condemn them to subsistence farming practices that contribute to the vicious cycle of extreme poverty in our rural communities.
We are changing this status quo by economically empowering our mothers in the rural communities to transition from subsistence to commercial poultry farming. We believe that by economically empowering women in our rural areas through agribusiness; we are directly empowering the whole society and the trickle down effect will contribute directly or indirectly to the achievement of 11 of the 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals in our rural communities. (more…)