Timothy Senerwa Katizi
Timothy Senerwa Katizi
246 installments • 64%
Am Timothy Katizi born 1/1/1974 in a family of six children, five boys and one girl. All are married with Children but the second born died in the year 2009 leaving his three children and a wife.
Our childhood had a lot of challenges because our parents tried very much to make the ends meet. They tried their best and we really appreciate them very much, though my father died in the year 2004. I went through Nursery and primary and secondary school in the same area (Nakuru) and did 12th grade in the year 1993. I am employed and I have always wanted to give my children a better life than what I had. Then I discovered that it is not possible if I only depend on employment. At times things get tough that I find myself going round and round.
That is when I thought of starting something that I have been longing to do for a long time to supplement my income. I bought a few chicken of a local improved breed because of their resistance to diseases. I live in a cosmopolitan town with people from different tribes and cultures. But generally the culture is the one of interdependence, most people depend on the relatives who seem to have made a step in life. Some relatives enjoy to be kings and give some handouts while others try and help the other relatives at least make a step in life so that they can walk together.
My first born is a girl and did her 12th grade last year. She did well in school and is planning to take a nursing course come this September. She had wanted very much to become a doctor but her grades did not permit her to pursue that course. The second born is hi third year in high school this year and he desires to become a pilot. The third born is a boy in primary school standard six and the last on is in Pre- Primary two. We are one happy family working together for the benefit of each other.
I enjoy travelling and new adventures. I also like helping people solve their problems, that gives me satisfaction.
First of all I am employed and on a monthly salary basis. But life is proving to be more difficult because the standard of life is growing more than the increment of the salary. I work in a Bible school as an Editor/Translator. Our Bible lessons are in English, so we are translating them into Swahili.
The business or the project I have mentioned above are supplementary income for now and as I see them five years from now it is will bring more income even more than employment. I have to do something in preparation because the dreams of my children's future is very costly.
I have chosen these area because I have a passion for poultry farming. I have seen success so far an wish to grow and specialize in the same area. I also have space and I have done some research on the same of which I am applying practically and I see it works. Given a boost, I know things will work and the income will grow.
My incubator has been working fine but with electricity challenges I have encountered some loses which was making my business not to be profitable. I bought a small generator of 950 Watts which was unable to power it. With the new generator that I want to buy, I will be able to have a back up that will power it when the electricity is off. There is cry from my neighborhood who were benefiting from the sale of day old chicks, a week old, a month old and even mature can cannot wait long enough. We do not have a hatchery close by and when they want chicks they have to travel quite some distance to buy some.
I also offer hatching services, when am not incubating my own eggs, the neighbors use the incubator at a fee of 0.5 U.S.D per egg for the entire incubation period. I will use this profit to expand and send my girl to college. This will also improve my family's living standard and we will also continue benefiting from the animal protein and eggs.
It is from small beginnings that great things are born and great achievement attained. With this loan I am planning to get 100 indigenous chicks. I have a few and with proper management and following all the vaccination program, this is a great project.
This project is going to directly profit my family for we will have a source of proteins from the eggs produced and also financial benefits that goes with it. Neighbors will also benefit from the eggs and from those eggs they can improve their breed. I also believe that with the good management, my neighbors will come to learn of the good poultry farming practices because some have already been coming to inquire.
My cost will be as follow; 100 chicks will cost USD 125.44, Chick mash 2 50 kilograms bag s will cost USD 59.09, two bags 50 kilograms bags of grower mash USD 50, Vaccines and antibiotics USD 38.64. The total is USD 273.17. NOTE: The chickens being indigenous, I will supplement their feed with kitchen waste which is not expensive to get.
After about six months, I will sell off all the cocks which maybe 40 or 45 depending the mortality rate which will raise about USD 340.9. The layers which I expect to be almost the same in number will fetch at least 30 eggs per day and that will raise USD 5.1 per day. I will use the money to help me with school fees and expand the project of which I will continue to grow.
May 11, 2015
Cost to entrepreneur
Service fee: $8.38
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