Poultry Farming is Lucrative, Urges SACCO Member

In a society where chicken meat is costly, investing in poultry farming becomes a lucrative business as Amos Kiprotich and his wife Milka, members of DOVE Springs SACCO, can testify.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe couple acquired a loan from the SACCO and invested in poultry farming. To ensure they stand out among other competitors, Mr and Mrs Tanui reared Kuroiler Breed that originated from Arizona University and that have desirable features compared to other local breeds.

The couple explains that their investment is a good source of family income in that each hen lays an average of 200 eggs that they sell at Ksh 30 each. They add that they hatch the eggs too and sell a one-day chick at Ksh 100.

“Through the loan, we were able to build chicken houses, pay the staff managing the poultry farm and also buy vaccines for the hens,” adds Amos. In addition, they have been able to buy more land and even invest in rabbit keeping.

With their second loan, Mr and Mrs Tanui bought a motorbike, and have employed a driver to ferry passengers and also transport eggs to the markets.

Amos and Milka hope to acquire another loan soon and be able to buy their own incubatorSANYO DIGITAL CAMERA to reduce on the cost of leasing it out which is expensive. They also plan to invest in livestock farming.

Mr and Mrs Tanui urge those who are hesitant to join savings groups to take a step and register, since this type of group is relevant even to those with a low-income. “Through DOVE Springs SACCO, one is able to acquire a loan with a very low and affordable interest,” they conclude.

 

By Kenneth Irungu

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Loans have Changed Our Family Life

“When we acquired a motorbike with the help of loan from DOVE Springs SACCO, our lives have changed,” says Esther Ongaya, a social worker at Baba Nyumbani children’s home in Kitale.SANY3615.JPG

Esther, who joined the SACCO in 2012, has taken two loans. She was among the first members to acquire a personal development loan, and used it to pay a deposit toward buying a piece of land. This made it possible for her to move out of the rental house where she had lived with her family for more than 10 years.

The couple is now getting much from their farm where they have planted vegetables and sugarcane for sale. Esther also invested in poultry. “We have a tender for supplying poultry to the nearby schools,” adds Esther.

After repaying the loan, Esther applied for another loan, which they used to buy a motorbike to ferry passengers. They also used part of the loan as capital to start selling used clothes in nearby market.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Besides being used as a taxi, Esther notes that the motorbike has improved their life greatly in that her husband takes their children every day to school and transports her to work.

“I am grateful that through the loan, my husband now generates income daily and our life as family has changed drastically,” she declares. She adds that her salary alone would not have enabled her to do all the things they have done in their family.

By: Kenneth Irungu