CMR/12/063 - Income generation through poultry raising

Country Cameroon
Total project budget ($USD) $10,770
Requested funding ($USD) $6,000
Project development type Animal Husbandry
Name of Requesting Association BIRDS Benevolent Integrated Rural Development Services
Objective: Income generation through poultry raising, empowerment and protection of widows’ rights
Background: Essoh Attah Fondom is one of the poorest rural areas in Cameroon. Inhabitants are among the most disadvantaged, and 95% are peasant farmers living below the poverty line. There is a high rate of HIV/AIDS causing a rise in the number of widows and orphans. The success of women in their traditional cottage industries is highly restricted by the lack of seed capital, resources and opportunities. BIRDS is a Community Based Organization aiming to give everyone access to income generation and improved living conditions. It has formed Common Initiative Groups which are the conduit points for teaching, training, research and technology transfer. Training needs include small animal rearing, vegetable farming, sewing, fish farming, etc. There is a large demand for table chickens in Essoh Attah and surrounding villages for family needs, funerals, marriages, etc. Poultry rearing as such does not exist in the area. The nearest market where poultry can be purchased is Dschang, 42 kms away.
Use of Funds: Purchase of 1500 two-day old high breed chicks, feed, veterinary drugs and vaccines, kerosene lamps and kerosene, protective boots, drinking buckets, transportation of inputs. The beneficiaries and community would provide local materials and construct 15 housing units. BIRDS would support the cost of training, feed and lodge facilitators, create a revolving fund (chickens given back to the organization to be handed on to others) to help further beneficiaries. BIRDS will provide training to 40 people (beneficiaries plus family members) on improved livestock raising, marketing and women’s rights.
Beneficiaries: Fifteen women, ages ranging from 23 to 45, with indirect benefit to 250 others, including siblings, children and dependents.