Ai and her children
Meet one of the women who is benefiting from Women for Women International's Poultry Program in Nigeria.
Life is very difficult for Ai. Her house was burned down on November 28, 2008. She, her husband, and their ten children moved into her parents' already small house. They still live there. Her father is very sick.
Four of her kids are in school. Her husband works as a taxi driver, and four of her children also work either as drivers or day laborers. She makes bean paste and sells it by the portion in a local market.
She and 17 other women from her Women for women Nigeria group have a chicken coop in the city of Jos. It is a very small room just outside the front door of one woman's house. Picture the biggest closet in your house, and picture it with 90 chickens in it.
Despite these conditions, the chickens lay about 60 eggs a day. They sell for about fourteen cents an egg. That's about $128 a month in gross revenue. Subtract feed at $13 a bag each week and monthly rent of $22 a month, and that leaves $54 to be split 18 ways-- $3 for each women in the group.