A loan of $1,900 helped a member to purchase solar lamps and efficient cook stoves.

Maguguni Ebenezer Group's story

Maguguni group was formed in 2009 with an aim of joining efforts to rear chickens. Its members are mainly poultry farmers with only a few cows because their land area is small. They live in a rural area where there is no electricity and there is scarcity of fuel. Without a formal source of livelihood, the group members rely on poultry farming for a large percentage of their income. Some of the members rear layers while others specialize in broilers. On average,a tray of eggs sells for about $2.50, and a single member can produce up to four trays a day. A broiler chicken sells for approximately $3.80, with a single member rearing at least 100 chickens in a month. Money from these sales goes to cater for the chicken feed, payment of school fees as well as taking care of the other family needs.

Solar lamps save on members' fuel costs, such as kerosene, which amounts to approximately $16 a month. Improved stoves decreases firewood and charcoal usage, which costs a family about $9 a month. Members also find it necessary to use the efficient cook stoves in warming the poultry houses to keep their chicken warm and healthy.

After receiving training on consumer education and financial management by Visionary Empowerment Programme, the members showed interest in solar lamps and improved cook stoves. Due to family responsibilities and economic constrains, however, they were unable to save upfront for the products and they opted instead to take loans.

Mary, the group's chair lady, has been using kerosene to light her house and poultry house, and she also uses charcoal to warm the poultry house. With the solar lamps, she no longer has to buy kerosene and charcoal and thus saves money. If she ploughs the amount she saves back to her poultry business, it will lead to growth and business expansion.

In this group: Tabitha, Mbiti, Mary , Esther, Josephine *, Margaret, Jane, Susan , Daniel, Ann , Susan *
*not pictured

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