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KENYA: Program Expands School’s Poultry Farming

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Project Overview

Anticipated lives impacted: 430 (Includes pupils at the school, as well as community members adopting new farming practices)

Grant amount: $69,000 (Cost per beneficiary: $160.47)

How can you contribute?
For $230, you can provide 100 day-old chicks For $1,150, you can provide 500 day old chicks For $1,500, you can provide the eggs for hatching

Approved by the ARDF Global Trustees: November 2016

Project Description

The Nambale Magnet School in Nambale, Kenya, serves orphans and other vulnerable children. With its demonstration farm, the school is also able to teach effective farming techniques. This addresses a real issue as farmers in the region need access to new farming technology. Most poultry producers operate small-scale operations, raising indigenous breeds using inefficient methods. The school will scale up its poultry production, introducing a new breed of chicken not raised in competing markets. This breed, along with better education, will allow local farmers to be competitive in the market and thus economically secure.

While larger poultry producers away from Nambale have strong distribution networks, they do not raise the new breed of chicken used with this project. Therefore the new breed should be a boon to the farmers in Nambale. Funds will be spend on the construction of chicken houses, a solar incubator, automatic feeder, kuroiler chicks and eggs, chicken feed, vaccines, medications and protective clothing. Funds will also be used to train the parents and guardians of children currently enrolled at the school and the community in best practices of poultry farming, business and marketing skills. Half of the project grant will be paid back to ARDF as an interest free loan within four years, after the school receives income from their poultry.

In their own words:

“I was part of the team that started [a] poultry farming project here at Nambale Magnet School one and [a] half years ago. … These initiatives have enabled this school to become self- sustaining in food provision for students here. We see growing demand for our farm produce, and therefore it is important that we expand this venture. We want [to] train community members so that some could adopt this life-changing venture.”” — Peter Masika, on staff at Nambale Magnet School

Read the full report on the project here, or download a summary here.

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