Total loan: $3,000

Jekesai Group

Chihota, Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy feed and to add more layers.

Jekesai Group's story

Dudzai is 51 years old, and her capacity for hard work is clearly portrayed by her rising poultry project. She usually keeps broilers and layers. She is currently stocking 115 layers and supplies eggs in her local village in Chihota and beyond. She is also a cross-border trader who imports clothes and other various wares from South Africa to sell in her community.

Every day, Dudzai gets almost four crates of eggs from her birds. She sells the crates at $5 per crate. This gives her an average income of $15 per day. Her eggs are quickly bought as there is a high demand for them. This is why she wants to add more layers in the near future.

She has two children who are no longer going to school and two other dependents that she looks after. The need to provide for her family makes her work hard so that she helps her husband, who is a teacher.

Dudzai formed a group, Jekesai, with her four neighbors. The name means “bring to light,” and the group is based in a village in Chihota. Dudzai used her share of the loan to buy feed and to add more layers since she has a fowl run with a capacity for 500 birds.