Can chickens empower women?

Lulu Ileho Poultry Group’s mission is to eradicate poverty in Ileho, Kakamega county, Kenya by engaging women in income-generating agricultural activities so that they can become self-sufficient and productive.

Merry-go-round

Ileho Division is a rural area in western Kenya, on the eastern edge of the Kakamega Forest. The women in Ileho are traditionally dependent on their husbands’ incomes, most of which derive from agriculture. Taking the popular “merry-go-round” practice – where women meet at regular intervals to take turns in supporting each other – one step further, a group of women decided to take up income-generating activities to improve their livelihood and support their community. 

Working women 

Lulu Ileho Poultry Group’s main objective is to eradicate poverty in Ileho, Kakamega county, Kenya by engaging women in income-generating agricultural activities so that they can become self-sufficient and productive. They currently rear improved indigenous chicken and grow traditional vegetables for home consumption as well as for sale in a local market. Lulu Ileho also organises regular brainstorming sessions with other like-minded group leaders and representatives of successful village entrepreneurs to chart the way forward.

Fighting hunger

They aim to increase the agricultural knowledge of all the villagers and educate their members on the need to grow nutritious vegetables, and how to raise chicken for eggs and meat. Lulu Ileho Poultry Group also actively encourages its members to raise more than 100 chickens per household to improve cost efficiency. As a result of their programme, the women in the community have become significantly self-sufficient and less financially reliant on their husbands. In addition, as the women sell their products to the community to create income, the health of the whole community improves from an increase of fresh produce.

This story shows how Lulu Ileho Poultry Group supports Goal 2: Zero Hunger, specifically Target 2.1: “By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and the incomes of small-scale food producers, particularly women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment.

About Lulu Ileho Poultry Group

Founded in 2015, Lulu Ileho Poultry Group’s mission is to eradicate poverty among women, empower and promote healthy households through agriculture regardless of the beneficiaries religion. As such, their main objective is to eradicate poverty in Ileho, Kakamega county, Kenya by engaging women in income-generating agricultural activities so that they can become self-sufficient and productive. 

Learn more about Lulu Ileho Poultry Group.

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