– He made over 200 job applications but failed to secure a white collar job
– Towards the end of 2017, he bought 40 chicks to start his poultry business and he currently has over 2 000 layers
– The young man earns a monthly gross income of R148 000 from supplying chicks to poultry farmers countrywide
– He has bought four vehicles that help him to meet the ever-growing demand
When Amos Nyambane graduated in 2017 with a degree in procurement and supply chain management, he was so hopeful that he would land a white collar job.
Little did he know how unlucky life outside campus would be for him until it reached a point where he concluded that his four years in campus were a waste of time and resources.
The 25-year-old said he made over 200 job applications both online and physically but still failed to secure employment.
Little did he knew that in every desert of calamity, God provides an oasis.
The Dedan Kimathi University graduate decided to do poultry farming and using the money he got from working at a construction site, he bought 40 indigenous chicks.
According to him, things were tough at the beginning and got worse when his parents got tired of him.
“When I begun, my mother was against the idea of farming. She frequently insulted me and could severally attempt to kick me out of home, telling me to go and look for a job [sic],” he said.
Currently, he has over 2 000 layers producing over 20 000 chicks every month, a venture that is raking him close to Ksh 1.2 million gross income – which is about R148 000.
“Every month, I sell over 20 000 chicks to farmers countrywide. One day old chick goes for between KSh 75 and KSh 85 depending on breed, distance and other factors,” he said.
Apart from selling chicks, he makes an extra income from eggs that cannot be hatched.
“Not all eggs can be hatched when placed in hatcheries. There are various factors that determine hatchability of eggs including size, cleanliness, fertility, among others,” he said.
“Those that fail hatchability test are sold to consumers, giving me an extra coin,” he added.
Furthermore, old birds that can no longer lay eggs are isolated, given finishers and sold to restaurants, a move he says is supplementing his income.
Nyambane says he heavily relies on social media to get customers from every corner of the country.
“I have a Facebook page which has over 6 000 followers while my YouTube channel has over 10 000 subscribers who place their orders and I deliver,” he said.
Just like any other venture, poultry farming has had few minor challenges but they have not deterred him from pressing on.
One of the major challenges, according to him, is that he has employed five youths who are not trustworthy.
He says the youths steal several trays every day when he is not around while some even go ahead to secretly sell chicks and hens to their friends.
“Currently I have 2 000 layers, meaning I have to be getting at least 2 000 eggs every day. However, when am there I harvest over 1 950 eggs but when am away the highest I can get is 1 800,” he said.
The money he reaped from poultry has helped him purchase four vehicles that help him deliver chicks countrywide to meet the ever-growing demand.
Nyambane has advised other fresh graduates to stop congesting towns and go back to the village to do farming, noting it is the only venture that will solve the unemployment crisis in Kenya.
“Our youths want to live in cities without jobs. It is high time they went to go back to village and start farming. This I can assure you they will be millions are in three years’ time,” he said.