One Hen Campaign Project

One Hen Campaign Project

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Last Update: October 16, 2014

One Hen Campaign Project is a platform where youths and women in rural Kenya are empowered through a micro-loan in form of one indigenous hen and a cage and after 6 months one surrenders 2 pullets for onward lending and sustainability of the project. The One hen and cage acts as a platform for us to train the youths and women on poultry management, entrepreneurship, agribusiness, financial management, adaptation to climate change, value chain and addition and other cross-cutting issues. Our approach is by mobilizing youths and women in every village come together, form and register youth and women groups with the ministry of Social and Gender development. As we keep on training them we assist them conduct asset mapping, needs assessment, come up with an action plan and finally assist them come up with a resource mobilization strategy.

Research has shown us that the "most careless farmer" given one hen for a whole year it will give him/her 100 hens! a farmer that we have trained exceeds 100 hens in one year. One hen goes at Kshs.400 multiplied by 100 hens is Kshs. 40,000 per year equivalent to a dairy cow. When we give hens to youths and women in a given village we help them come up with a Village Agrovet where they buy and sell chicken feeds, drugs and other items to the group members and villagers at a large. With availability of funds we are also exploring means and ways of assisting the groups start making their own livestock feeds at the village level.Also a Sacco.

Type: hybrid

The Problem

Our Organization works with women and youths in rural Kenya.The levels of poverty and unemployment are very high.There is a general lack of business skills and farming as a business.The rural communities engage in Agriculture, Agriculture in Kenya is said to be the backbone of the economy, it contributes 26% of GDP and 60% of the export earnings. In the recent Government strategy papers ie (Economic Recovery Strategy and Strategy to Revitalize Agriculture) emphasis is put on developing agriculture as a tool of reducing poverty and promoting National development. This is so because about 80% of the population lives in the rural areas. This is worsened by the fact that 80% out of the 56 % Kenyans who live below the poverty line dwell in the rural areas. The agriculture economic activities in rural areas most of them are seasonal. But the one we are recommending(rearing of indigenous hens) is always in season and there demand is always high.

The Solution

We mobilize youths and women to form self help groups of between 10-30 members. Then we train them for a period of 3 months on poultry management, entrepreneurship, agribusiness, financial management, adaptation to climate change, value chain and addition and other cross-cutting issues. After these trainings we award them with a Certificate and One Hen and Cage for each. From One hen one moves to a goat to a cow then to owning major businesses after one year and this in turn has not only created employment for himself but also others. When we give hens to youths in a given village we help them come up with a Village Agrovet where they buy and sell chicken feeds, drugs and other items to the group members and villagers at a large. With availability of funds we are also exploring means and ways of assisting the groups start making their own livestock feeds at the village level. The process of making the cages, we have devolutionalized it to the village level where all what is needed we acquire it within the territory of our self help groups.i.e. Labour, timber, wire-mesh and nails. The youths in a village who make cages are paid. One Hen Campaign Project has come up with a One Hen savings and credit cooperative society owned by the beneficiaries called Sky Sacco Society Ltd where the members do a minimum a micro-saving of an egg per week and after regularly saving for 3 months one is able to access a microloan.

Example

A member who is in a registered group is trained for 3 months on poultry management ,farming as a business and financial management.Then when he/she graduates is given a certificate, one hen and cage to rear as per the trainings and make it profitable within a year.Over this period a member does micro-savings to one hen sacco called Sky sacco Society ltd after 3 months is given a micro-loan to expand the business. After 6 months one who was given 1 hen surrenders 2 pullets(once) for onward lending and sustainability of the project.Research has shown us that the "most careless farmer" given one hen for a whole year it will give him/her 100 hens! a farmer that we have trained exceeds 100 hens in one year. One hen goes at Kshs.400 multiplied by 100 hens is Kshs. 40,000 per year equivalent to a dairy cow. ne can graduate from owning a hen, a goat, cow then big businesses out there.

Budget: $10,000 - $50,000

Marketplace

Our competitors are the already established microfinance organisations who have a huge revolving fund to advance as loans to members compared to ours which is small that at times we dont meet demand from our members. Other organisations that are rearing indigenous hens in large scale. We scramble for markets. But with availability of resources we have cut a niche that no one can easily outdo us because our poultry business is coupled with trainings to members, the risk is well spread as members rear hens individually and we support them financially through the sacco to expand the business.

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Sat, 07/14/2012 - 15:20

One Hen Campaign Project simple, interesting and realistic way to move out of poverty lets support it to reach many.

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 09:03

Makini i am a graduate of food science and technology from JKUAT-2014 and i was watching your interview on TV one day. I realy love what you are doing and have done. May God bless you abundantly.

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 04:48

Am,Richard Makori a gratuated too from Egerton in computer science.I was explained by one of your staff from Nyagiti,Gesangero Sub-location,i loved the project strongly i want to introduce it to my village to better the life our community.