helping people survive and recover from forced displacement through income-generation
Thank God with us as the Kenya poultry project has been completed! The result: The Poultry (egg) business is now providing a regular source of income for 25 vulneralbe households in a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) near Kakuma, Kenya.
Need: Over 2,000 men, women and children were settled in this IDP camp after fleeing their homes during post election violence in 2007. Uprooted in their own country, they have nowhere else to go. They live in extreme poverty and suffer from dehydration and malnutrition.
In 2016, a group of 25 women within the IDP community banded together to start a business selling eggs. It is a nitch market as the next nearest supplier of eggs is over 400km from Kakuma. To launch the business, the women took out loans from a local bank to set it all up, complete with their first 450 chickens. They sold their first eggs in September 2016. They have cared well for the chickens and business has been good. They are slowly paying back their loans. Drought in the region caused an increase in the cost of water that has cut into their profit margin. They want to develop their business to an economy of scale to maximize profit and help them lift their families out of extreme poverty. They want to grow their poultry farm to 1,500 chickens.
In consultation with a local humanitarian/development agency (National Council of Churches, Kenya - NCCK), we confirmed that the market exists to grow their business and that the women have proven themselves capable of managing the increase of chickens and business.
Lives are being transformed! Children are now able to afford school fees. Pregnant mothers, the elderly and very young are able to afford basic food and basic medical care.
Mission Accomplished! We thank God that in August 2017 we reached our project goal of raising $15,000 and that our partner agency (National Council of Churches Kenya - NCCK) helped the IDP women build a new chicken coop! We thank God for the generous partners who made this project a reality! Watch the short Facebook Live video below to see IAFR's Tom Albinson have the honor of officially opening the door to the new coop and participating in giving thanks to God and dedicating the coop.
Strategy: We are partnering directly with the IDP women co-op and consulting with our friends at the National Council of Churches, Kenya (NCCK).
Opportunity: IAFR staff continue to visit our IDP friends and the project site 2-3 times a year to offer on-going encouragement and assess how the project is transforming lives.
Project Partners: IDP Women Co-op, National Council of Churches, Kenya