Konyahero Women Group is a Climate Resilience group majorly focusing on poultry farming. It was founded in 2015 with 16 members. In the face of tough economic times, limited job opportunities, and unpredictable climate shifts, the determined men and women came together to form the Group. Their primary objective was to create a safety net by establishing a savings and loaning group, providing much- needed access to fast loans when required.
Realizing the potential of investing their resources into a venture that could benefit each member and the group as a whole, they decided to venture into poultry farming in 2020. This decision marked a turning point for the group as they embarked on a path towards increased financial stability and independence. Currently, the group's thriving poultry farm is housed in a single homestead, where 63 hens reside. Among them are 33 three-week-old chicks, and the remaining 30 are mature hens that are raised and nurtured until they are ready to be sold. Additionally, the group sells the eggs produced by their poultry at the local market, further diversifying their income streams.
The impact of their poultry farming endeavor has been astounding. In the last six months, their collective income has surged by an impressive 10%. This growth can be attributed to the various training programs they received from ADS-NYANZA. Polycarp Obel, the chairperson of this group says,” We are grateful to ADS-NYANZA for the training they have given us and more specifically our very own Jesinta Awuor Obel, who underwent a mentor farmer training program specifically focused on climate resilience. Her knowledge and expertise, gained from the training have proved invaluable to the group.”
He explained that the shared insights, not only on poultry farming but also on essential topics like water resource management, agriculture, dairy farming, and goat keeping which have enriched the group's understanding and diversified their income opportunities. With each passing day, Konyahero Women Group becomes more confident in its abilities and the potential for transformation within its community. Through hard work and determination, they have turned their poultry farming venture into a thriving business, benefiting themselves and their local community. The profits generated from their sales are reinvested into the savings group, as well as into
acquiring more poultry and exploring other small business ventures as a group and individually. Polycarp shared that,” we are immensely grateful for the support and guidance provided by ADS-NYANZA and are hopeful that such interventions will continue to uplift and transform the lives of every member in our community.”
Written by: Daphne Nyapola -M&E Officer.