CTC’s Youth Poultry Project launched in June 2011 to create sustainable job opportunities for youth in Maai Mahiu. The project raises indigenous, free-range birds for the sale of both eggs and chicks. We expect the business to become fully self-sustainable within one year.
- The poultry project currently consists of approximately 250 chicks and 110 parent stock.
- The project is staffed by our two full-time youth caretakers, Pascal and Kevin. These youth, originally from the neighboring town of Limuru, were previously homeless but now live on-site at the Poultry Project to care for the birds around the clock.
- Overseeing the entire production is our Environmental Coordinator Rocky Muuri, who performs morning check-ups daily. View Rocky's video tour of the program!
- 20 youth volunteers also help collect eggs and are trained in poultry keeping, feeding and disease control. These volunteers will transition into paid staff positions as soon as the program begins generating sufficient revenue.
- A drip-farming garden has been established at the site with kale (“sukuma wiki”), spinach, and other plants soon to be added. These crops supplement the chicken feed as well as the youth’s diets.
- We are working with IIRR to revise our business plan for maximum income-generating potential.
- To create job opportunities for 500 youth by 2016
- To alleviate poverty among 250 families by 2016
- To train 100 youth each year on agri-business (marketing, management, accounting, etc.)
- To become a regional resource on organic poultry rearing in the Rift Valley
- To serve as a scalable model for the empowerment of unemployed youth through sustainable job creation
In order to accomplish these goals, we will need funding to:
- Expand poultry housing
- Increase the number of birds
- Rent acreage to grow maize and wheat for feed
- Purchase a milling machine to grind maize
- Whole Planet Foundation provided the initial seed funding and the volunteer labor for construction of the Poultry Project in June 2011.
- Mama Hope Foundation funded the purchase of equipment and the initial bird stock.
- Global Connections provided funding for additional start-up supplies, structures, and feed.
The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) is providing training as well as a ready market in which to sell chicks and eggs.