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Chicken Project for Jewelry Makers

Dear Friends,

Here are some of things that have been keeping me busy in Africa (Uganda).
As you may be aware, I have friends who make Jewelry in some vulnerable communities in Uganda. However, their businesses are not profitable enough to help them meet their living expenses. So, when I came to Uganda I decided to find a way to support them.

I helped them build a chicken coup and bought them 300 chicks (200 for meat and 100 for eggs); now they have a poultry project. Also I gave them a simple and affordable system of managing the chicken using locally available resources.
For brooding, I bought two sacks of charcoal and six clay pots for warming the chicks instead of using electrical heaters. I also got six bags of chicken mixed food, corns for drinking water, and two bags of coffee shells to avoid direct contact with the ground plus one hoe and a shovel, gloves, feeding boards for chicks, one bucket of disinfectant (liquid soap) for cleaning the chicken coup.

The 200 chicks for meat are white in color and 100 for eggs are brown. They will be raising the chicks for meat and will be ready for market within 90 days then they can buy more to sustain the business. At the same time they will be selling eggs too. It will therefore be an ongoing project for the benefit of the jewelry makers and they are so happy to have a new opportunity for their livelihoods.