“The vaccination work gives me an income so I can afford some of the basics like food and consumables. At times I have extra cash to put into a local village bank m’khonde’ (savings scheme). I own over 20 chickens, which is more than most households here. I also use chicken manure on my small plot to reduce dependence on expensive fertilisers”.
With two daughters in primary school, Lizzie is one of many single mums in Malawi who are seeking better ways to make ends meet. Lizzie has been with the Rural Poultry Centre in Malawi since the start of our work in Ntchisi in 2014. She is now amongst our most accomplished community-based vaccinators and wants not just to continue, but to expand her work. We believe this is possible. Chicken owners in her community and surrounding villages see the benefits of vaccinating their flock for Newcastle disease. For this, she is optimistic and confident that she can reach more households.