Victoria Jere

Youth Community Vaccinator

Village Champion KYEEMA

MALAWI

“The manure produced by the chickens is not wasted – what can be collected is used as fertiliser on the family crops”.

At just 18 years of age, Victoria is the youngest of some 43 community based vaccinators who were trained as part of an initiative in Ntchisi district, Malawi, with funding from the Palladium Communities 1st program and individual donations like yours. Victoria is from Mwangala Village in the hilly and beautiful area of Malipa. We asked Victoria why she is keen to participate in this program. After all, she has yet to finish high school.

Victoria, who lives at home with her four siblings, told us her family has quite an interest in livestock. Her father runs a small herd of beef cattle and her mother keeps the one family goat. But it is Victoria who owns most of the 15 chickens in the household. She finds raising chickens easy and profitable. Her work vaccinating the many hundreds of chickens in her village brings her a small income which she says will help her procure more chickens. It will also help to pay a part of her school fees. She also says the manure produced by the chickens is not wasted – what can be collected is used as fertiliser on the family crops.

Victoria says that she is keen to continue with the work of vaccinating chickens in her village, not just because it brings a small income for her but because it is recognised and appreciated by chicken owners generally. She knows she is doing something which is useful and satisfying for other people in her village.