Community based income generating activities is a critical part of how households in KwaMakhutha can move out of poverty and create more opportunities for themselves and others. We at the Centre recognise this and south to do something about it.
The Egg Hatching Business is part of our Income Generation programme that promotes economically viable activities with the objective of improving livelihoods. This programme focuses on unemployed women in KwaMakhutha.
The Egg Hatching Business is based in KwaMakhutha and is run by local women. We organised formal training for the participants, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to move the project forward. With their newly gained expertise, they were ready to share their skills with other community members and make the egg hatching business a remarkable and sustainable success.
We have four egg hatching incubator machines in which we place approximately 1500 eggs in the machine for 21 days to get approximately 1200 chicks. Once the eggs are hatched, we immunize the chicks and they go on sale from as early as five days old. The incubating and hatching process is very delicate, and the dedicated egg hatching staff members pay close attention every step of the way.
The women take pride in this business because it has improved their lives. Some of the positive ripple effects of the egg hatching business are:
Like all business ventures, the hatchery project has areas that need improvements; some of these are:
This business venture is slowly helping us tackle poverty and unemployment.