“I am Berta Chilaule living in Mali village, Marracuene district. I am widow and unemployed and I am living with my four children of 25, 20, 18 and 15 years old respectively who are students and grandson of 5 years old.
The District Services of Women and Social Welfare usually helps us whenever they can. When this project came in, in 2017 I was selected as one of the beneficiaries to receive 3 hens and 1 rooster for reproduction and improve our nutrition and health.
This village was lucky to benefit from this project because apart from receiving village chickens to be raised in order to improve our nutrition and also get some cash when the hatched chicks grow up the project trained some community vaccinators that go round every four months to vaccinate our chickens against Newcastle disease . In November 2017, I received three hens and one roster. In January, two of the hens hatched fifteen chicks (one hatched five chicks and the other ten chicks) and other hen started laying eggs in January, so far has six eggs. The chicks have not yet been vaccinated because the vaccinator do not have the vaccine yet. We are planning to vaccinate them in March. When the chickens grow up, I am planning to sell some of them to pay school fees. I am happy and I would like to thank for this opportunity.”