Hello Everyone!

For my portion of the agricultural enterprise development with the youth I have been working on enhancing the chicken production here at the center. A wonderful woman by the name of Lydiah is responsible for the chickens at the CYEC. She is the mother of Maggie, who is one of the youth at the center who has a major role in the Youth Cooperative.

I did not know much (ok- I’ll admit it- I didn’t know anything ) about raising chickens before my arrival here at the center. While I have been researching chicken production here in Kenya on the computer and in various books, I have learned the most from Lydiah. She is extremely patient with me as she explains the basics of raising chickens :) !

She has a fairly well established business here at the center already. She uses one of the buildings on site to raise 50 chickens, which she then sells to various places downtown for meat. Each cycle of raising the chicks and then selling them to the market takes about six weeks. Lydiah, with help from her math-savy daughter, has run a successful operation. She makes enough to cover her costs and has worked at various chicken production centers before, and knows the ins and outs of her job.

What I along, with help from my classmates hope to do, is prepare her to receive a microfinance loan from the Zawadi Fund. My role for the next week here at the center will be to work with Lydiah to make sure that we both have an understanding of the financial matters that are associated with increasing production here at the center. What our class hopes to do is provide her with a loan to increase her production from 50 chickens every six weeks to 100 chickens every 3 weeks. This will make her business more sustainable and provide her with a steadier income.

Because this is the first Ag enterprise at the CYEC that we have decided is ready to receive a loan, this process with the chickens will be a definite learning process for us all as we navigate how to implement some Western business standards (record keeping, input/output records, savings, loan repayments)  while making sure that our way of doing things is applicable, achievable, and understandable in Kenya!

I will be sure to keep you updated on our progress!

Written by: Kelcey Grogan

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