Ziwani Poultry Enterprise is an agribusiness that supports small holder farmers to produce improved chicken and duck breeds.
The business also offers monthly training to small-scale farmers and incubation services. Through the KKCF funding, the company is improving the chicken value chain in the Kakuma Kalobeyei area by linking farmers to markets and availing equipment and services. The company will create jobs and improve the capacity of small holder farmers.
What attracted you to the Kakuma/Kalobeyei area? Why did you choose to apply for the KKCF funding?
There was no completion for Ziwani Poultry Enterprises Limited, and we were encouraged by the fact that KKCF would take up some of the risk by offering the grant.
What do you look forward to doing in Kakuma/Kalobeyei? How do you see your business growing in the next 5 years? What challenges have you had to overcome?
The main challenge for us was the issue of land acquisition, and then finding a water source to sink a borehole on it. Construction material is very expensive, yet we needed cement, rebars, iron sheets etc.
I expect my business to grow since I have networked with a number of stakeholders and farmers who are keen on buying chicks from us.
What are the expected impacts you foresee in the Kakuma and Kalobeyei area following your interventions?
Pastoralists will diversify their livestock and start poultry farming as a way of building resilience in the face of prevailing drought in the region that impacts the large herds of goats, sheep, cows and camels negatively. They will also start consuming more chicken meat and eggs. Kakuma and Kalobeyei as a market place has a big population which translates to customers for our products
What advice would you give other SMEs in fragile/difficult situations with refugees living among their host communities?
The best advice in these circumstances is to always persist in what they do, knowing that it will eventually pay off. They can also diversify their enterprises to increase revenue inlets.