LILONGWE. Friday, February 27, was a big day for Adziwa Christian School and Orphanage. A cheque of MK 800,000 was being presented to Adziwa Christian School as a loan to enable them start a poultry business as an income generating activity. The function took place at Adziwa School and was presided over by the Executive Director of Empower Malawi, Mr. Jones Ntaukira. The School Principal for Adziwa, the Deputy Board Chair for the institution, students, Poultry Business Steering Committee and the media were all present. In his speech, Jones Ntaukira highlighted the rationale behind supporting the project. ‘We are supporting the poultry business at Adziwa because we believe it has potential to become a sustainable source of income for the institution’, he said before adding that ‘and according to the financial projections that we have, the business will make profits in the excess of MK 3 million Kwacha in the first 12 months alone – this will be no mean achievement for Adziwa’.
Empower Malawi also disclosed that they will be deploying a Permaculture Intern to Adziwa to support with issues of permaculture and sustainability into the poultry business. This is in line with Empower Malawi being a truly sustainable development organisation. ‘As a true sustainable development organisation, our projects must always meet some requirements including taking care of the environment and people. The Permaculture Intern will ensure use of best practices to make sure the business is a truly sustainable one including conducting trainings in organic feed production, natural vaccine for chicks and poultry manure usage’ said Jones Ntaukira amidst hand clapping from the attentive guests.
Adziwa Poultry Project is being supported with financial assistance from Opportunity-To-Do, an Australian development organisation with Empower Malawi as the local technical partner for capacity building, monitoring and evaluation. So far the project is already bearing fruits as reported by Mr. Chirwa, the Chairperson of the Steering Committee for poultry business. ‘The business training we received from Empower Malawi, has double benefits – to me as an individual but also to Adziwa as an institution where I am working. Personally, I have already used the skills I learned from the business training to boost my own grocery business at home which gives me confidence that the poultry business here at Adziwa will be a success story’.
Adziwa is expected to start the business in the first week of March starting with the rehabilitation work of the chicken cages. We expect the first chicks in the second week of March. Charles Stewarts, a commercial poultry company, has already agreed to donate day-old chicks to Adziwa.