A lot of success stories have been told about poultry farming and how this agribusiness niche has pulled some people out of abject poverty. Indeed, there is little doubt that some of these stories are exaggerated. However, it is also a fact that there are thousands of genuine success stories to demonstrate how profitable poultry farming has become if you do it in the right way.
One such story is from Lillian Akinyi Okwiri, a Kisumu lady, who has become an example to her fellow women following her remarkable success three years after she quit her accountant job. Okwiri. Unlike millions and millions of people who work until late in their lives only to realize it is too late to do a new thing after retirement, the young lady you see in the picture above could not hold her ambition of becoming her own boss. After working for just six months, she quit her job to start small businesses like selling second-hand clothes and ice-cream.
Biznakenya.com reported her saying “I always dreamt of being my own boss someday and I opted to hasten the process. What worried me most was whether I would still earn as much money as I did when I was employed.”
Fortunately, from her small business engagements, Okwiri was able to raise a capital of KSH. 30,000 that she would later use to start her own poultry farm. However, even with the money ready, some obstacles were still on her way. According to the BiznaKenya’s report, the ambitious woman did not have the experience and skills she needed to take off. Nevertheless, her ambitions were so strong that no challenge could stop her from pursuing her dream.
“I had done little research and realized that Kenyan traders import poultry products such as eggs from neighboring counties. I knew that there was money in this venture,” she says.
So, a few months later, Okwiri purchased 150-day old chicks, which cost her KSH. 15,000, which translates to KSH. 100 per chick. She housed her newly acquired stock in one of her bedrooms. 5 weeks later, her bailors were ready for to be sold. Her layers were also ready to start laying eggs by the end of 5 weeks. She moved them to a 600-chick capacity structure she had constructed using mesh and iron sheets.
Okwiri reported that she has a flock of 1,000 chickens consisting of 300 layers and 1,000 broilers. It is now three years and she has no regrets for her bold decision to quit her daily job. Every four weeks, Okwiri makes KSH. 100,000 from the sales of eggs. Instead, she believes that her success would not come if she had clung to her accountant job. Now a successful poultry farmer, Okwiri encourages women and youth to take their destiny into their own hands and not wait for miracles to happen. ‘Start-ups don’t pick up as fast as one may want but patience pays,” Okwiri explains.