Long before GenCoo was established, Shadreck had the dream to start a chicken farm. After GenCoo Malawi was established, a chicken farm was the logical choice to make GenCoo Malawi less dependent on outside donors, which is one of the pillars of the GenCoo vision.
To get this project funded, a subsidy was asked and granted from Limburg. With this subsidy the shed was constructed and chickens and materials were purchased in 2012. But sadly it soon became obvious that lack of proper care of the chickens and lack of training of the workers at the farm was having a bad impact on the health of the chickens. The chickens were not laying a lot of eggs, became sick, and many started dying. It was then that Shadreck decided to sell the remaining chickens and put the farm on hold.
At the end of 2013 GenCoo Malawi received 1250 euro to restart the chicken farm. Part of the money was used to construct a fence around the farm, because the experience gained from 2012 showed that such a fence was necessary. With the remainder of the money 100 chickens were bought which would remain at the farm for 1 year, after which they would be sold.
This time the chickens were also starting to get sick, but after Shadreck approached a different veterinary who prescribed other medicines for the chickens, the chickens started to recover and began laying a lot of eggs. At the end of the year there were about 70 chickens left which were very productive, but it was obvious that such a small farm would not have a big effect on the finances of GenCoo Malawi, but still required a lot of work to operate.
Early 2015 someone from Belgium loaned 3000 euro to GenCoo Malawi to expand the chicken farm. With that money 300 chickens were bought which will remain at the farm for 1 year, after which they are sold. It is expected that a farm of this size could give GenCoo Malawi a profit of around 2000 euros each year.
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