I am Magrate Auma, a widow from Rusinga Island. I…
The initial investment was provided in May 2020 for 15 families at first. Each family received 10 chickens. By repaying their loan and passing it on to the next group, 60 families will be involved within a year. They form the Ubuntu initiative.
The project was implemented with a small equity, which the members also had to invest in the initial phase, building the cages out of corrugated iron. They also pay for the feed and treatment of the chickens themselves. This shows that they themselves are determined and focused on success.
It is a pleasure to observe how the number of their chickens increases and the economic status of the families gradually changes for the better. The majority are happy to openly share that they now do not have to struggle as hard for food as they did before the project was implemented.
The initiative is gradually creating some positive impacts on both the members and the community. The members who previously had no source of income are now able to earn some money and this in turn gives them a lot of hope for a better future. Also, unlike in the past, local residents can now obtain food at a low cost. Members always report at the monthly meetings that they can now support part of their budget on their own without asking for help from other sources, which is an indicator that they have almost succeeded in establishing food security, reducing dependency and increasing self-reliance.
They have also learned how to save, which is an important component for success in life. Repaying the loan is a challenge for many, but they have managed to do it with very few demands.