Eggs and chicken are a great source of protein
Selling eggs and offspring provides the family with an ongoing source of revenue
Extra income allows families to pay for things like their children’s schooling
This is SO exciting. Everybody who gets chickens gives some of the offspring to another family in need…so the impact is exponential!
Rose and her husband, Simon, are farmers in Uganda who grow rice and yams for a living. However, they could never make enough to meet all their needs and pay for their children to go to school.
But when they received 10 chickens, it was just the boost they needed to break free from the abject poverty they’d been living in.
As the chickens multiplied, Rose and Simon first sold some to get the money they needed to repair Rose’s mother’s home which was always leaking and soaked the poor elderly woman when it rained.
Since then the chickens have continued to multiply and they’ve been selling chickens and eggs to pay school fees for their children and to buy other things their family needs. They’ve even exchanged some chickens for a goat—which is also now multiplying. To date Rose has 3 goats, 25 chickens and lots of chicks!
“We count ourselves lucky to have such a blessing; we never have to suffer when it is time to pay school fees, and we never have to sell all our food to meet home needs. Our chickens and eggs take care of that,” Rose said.
Rose’s son holds one of the family’s chicks!
How does the chicken project work?
We know you may have some questions, so here are the answers to some of your FAQs.
Currently Uganda and Zambia—though we might be expanding to other countries soon!
5 or 10 chickens
Our partner churches choose families that are the most destitute, but who are also willing to invest time and effort into an income-generating venture like raising chickens.
The chickens are free-range chickens. That means they are free to roam during the day and just need a coop to keep them safe at night. Each family is free to construct the shelter however they want—sometimes it will be made of wood, while other times it may be made of mud.
Because these are free-range chickens, they roam and find their own food. However, some families grow corn and when it’s ground to flour, the husks are used as chicken feed to supplement what the chickens are finding on their own.
The chickens are usually between four and five months old, and they are a breed that can be used both for laying eggs and being raised for meat.
Yes. Our in-country partners give farmers training on how to take care of their chickens. Additionally, they are also encouraged to form groups to share their experiences so they can learn and gain more knowledge from each other.
Yes, they do, and each family is responsible for vaccinating their own chickens. Having the families invest in their flock instills a sense of pride, ownership and responsibility as they are growing their flock, pulling themselves out of poverty and starting to live a better life!
Yes. There are committees that are in charge of following up with the families. (And sometimes we even send our awesome reporter and photographer, Julius, to visit the families and capture the amazing transformation happening in their lives!)
The answers in this FAQ apply to how the program is run in Uganda, however there are some variances country to country.
Ready to change a life through chickens?
Give one chicken for $6. Give a small starter flock of 5 for $30, or a full flock of 10 for $60.
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