CTC’s Youth Poultry Project launched in June 2011 to create sustainable job opportunities for youth in Maai Mahiu. The project teaches youth to raise indigenous, free-range birds for the sale of both eggs and chicks. The project is currently being restructured to become more efficient and more sustainable.
- 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 have been trained in poultry keeping, feeding and disease control.
- 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.