Total loan: $1,200

New Village Group

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Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy 100 birds, medicine and stock feed.

New Village Group's story

Samkeliso is an ever-smiling and cheerful lady who has two dependents to her name. She is 44 years of age and a widowed tenant residing in Mutorashanga. In trying to heal from the wounds and pain of losing her husband, idleness was the last thing that she would tolerate as it would constantly remind her of the misfortune that had befallen her. She decided to venture into the poultry rearing business.

Samkeliso rears at a small scale but does two batches per cycle. At any given point, she has 75 broilers in two stages. She orders a new batch every two weeks and upon maturity, she still has two batches in stock. This mode of operation enables her to have faster returns than to wait for six weeks of maturity before ordering the next batch of chickens. Also, she can get back on track when one of her batches suffers an infection or generally doesn’t yield much.

Occasionally Samkeliso also does cross border trading from some of the profits she retains from poultry. In times when poultry is not yielding a good income, she makes some of it up from kitchenware she retails locally. She is a member of the New Village group which was recently successful in raising a loan from Thrive. She will use her share to buy 100 birds, medicine and stock feed.