Help Women in Nigeria Become Poultry Farmers

Jun 26, 2013

Meet Evelyn Ejike

Evelyn with some of her chicks.
Evelyn with some of her chicks.

Meet Evelyn Ejike. Thirty-six years old, Evelyn is married and has 5 children. 

Before she joined Women for Women International, she has a shop were she sells provisions. Her weekly income was N1000 which was not enough to take care for her family needs. In 2011 her landlord increased the shop rent to N25,000 per year. This maked it impossible to make ends meet. This happened at the same time her husband was jobless thereby leaving the burden of family upkeep on her shoulders.

A key turning point in her life came when she was enrolled in Women for Women program in 2011. Her esteem and confidence was greatly impacted by the information she received in the Life-skill training class. Business training exposed her to basics for successful management of small businesses. With the new knowledge about business, it was not difficult for her to do an evaluation of her present petty trading business. The discovery that her small business was not profitable motivated her to start thinking about other sources of generating income. She became interested in poultry production and she elected the poultry production tract for her vocational training at WfWI.

Guided by the information she received during training on financing a business, she and four other women organized themselves into a business group and approached their bank, Ifeanyichukwu Microfinance Bank for loan. Ifeanyichukwu Microfinance bank is the bank with which the women in Mgbowo opened individual bank accounts for sponsorship disbursement. Their application was granted.

With the help of her husband, she built a small poultry house capable of housing 100 birds from used and improvised building materials. Evelyn said she used the loan with the money she saved from the sponsorship fund to start poultry production in October 2012 and produced the first batch of birds. With the success she made in the first production, she paid her loan. After sales and payment of the loan, she booked and stocked another batch of 100 birds which are now in the second week of brooding. She plans to sell the birds when they are ready.

Evelyn hopes to expand to layers production when her production capital increases. The demand for poultry eggs is on the high side and she hopes to have a bigger farm that can accommodate at least 500 laying birds.


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