A few weeks ago, GVI successfully delivered comprehensive lessons to a group of ex-poachers in community of Kasaani on free range chicken farming as an alternative income generating project. The lessons covered topics including; disease recognition and treatment, general chicken care and raising chicks. The ex-poachers of Kasaani were very enthusiastic about the prospect of starting a free range chicken farming project as a means of generating sustainable alternative incomes, and also, a means of providing the community of Kasaani with improved access to affordable sources of protein rich foods. After the lessons were delivered, there was only one thing preventing the community of Kasaani from starting the free range chicken farming project – a well built chicken coop and fenced area to keep the chickens safe from predators and diseases. Things are not done by halves at GVI and that is why we returned to Kasaani just weeks later to help them build their first community run free range chicken coop.
A team of volunteers from GVI spent two weeks working side by side with a group of ex-poachers from Kasaani constructing a community run chicken coop. The chicken coop was designed by GVI staff and the community of Kasaani, constructed using local materials and local building techniques, and built in two weeks by an enthusiastic team of GVI volunteers and community members. The group of ex-poachers in Kasaani will also be provided with around twenty chickens to start the project.
The community will then be responsible for feeding the chickens, vaccinating against diseases and selling the eggs. The project is designed to be completely self sustaining; the community will use the profits from the sale of eggs to purchase more chickens and eventually, to build another coop which will replicate the first to keep broilers which they can breed to sell meat and also have chicks to replace the layers in the first coop.
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