A loan of $425 helped to purchase additional chicks, feed, and antibiotics.

Joyce's story

Mambo from Mbeya, Tanzania! This is 29 year-old Joyce K., who is married and has four children aged between 1 and 9. In 2007, Joyce established her poultry business. Working seven days a week, 9 to 12 hours a day, she earns about $110 every month from this business. Joyce now requires a loan to purchase additional chicks, feed, and antibiotics, and she hopes that this loan will enable her to increase her monthly profits by approximately $43. In the future, Joyce plans to increase the quantity and range of her stock. She thanks you for your support.

Raising kuku is a popular micro-business in Tanzania, especially amongst SELFINA clients. In fact, if you are a regular lender on kiva.org, you may be tired of reading about ‘kuku,’ the Swahili word for ‘chickens.’ Raising them for sale is popular for a number of reasons. Firstly, they require little start-up capital. You can start with one or two and either add to them as you go, or wait for them to multiple naturally! Secondly, they require little space, so sometimes you can just let them run around in your garden or compound. Thirdly, while they are growing they produce eggs, which can either be sold to provide a supplementary source of income, or eaten to provide a supplementary source of protein. I’m sure there are hundreds of other reasons that raising kuku is so popular (maybe they are friendlier than other animals? Prettier?), but this is all time and space will allow.

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