YAP Proposal #9: “Kuku Kienyeji Farm” (Jeremy Riro, Kenya)

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About Kuku Kienyeji Farm

An old Ghanian proverb says “Educate a man and you educate one person; educate a woman and you educate the nation!” At Kuku Kienyeji Farm we firmly believe that by empowering women economically, we are indeed empowering the whole community economically. Women are not only the best custodians of wealth in our societies, but the best stewards who ensure the wealth is equitably distributed to cater for all social-economic needs of the family unit including nutrition, healthcare, education, clean energy, savings & investment as well as other micro-economic developments.

We are an out-grower social franchise network for rural women in free range chicken farming using mobile technology to provide quality farm inputs, trainings, technical support, financing and access to markets for the women in our rural communities. Founding Kuku Kienyeji Farm in 2015, my name is Jeremy Riro; a 25 years old social entrepreneur based in Kenya, with a background in Entrepreneurship and Financial Analysis. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Nairobi; I am also a CPA and currently a CFA student.

The Problem We Are Solving

Having been born and raised in rural Kenya, we identified the challenges that women in our rural communities face in their daily struggles to earn a basic income and fend for their families. In every homestead in our rural communities there were and still there are free-range chicken being raised by our mothers. These chickens are reared as a source of food for the family or for sale in order to get some income and buy basic household necessities, pay hospital bills and school fees among many other expenses.

However, individual rural women practicing free-range chicken farming in Kenya are incapacitated in their efforts to grow their poultry businesses by 4 major challenges including: lack of access to quality farm inputs, agribusiness knowledge, financing and market linkages. These limitations condemn them to subsistence farming practices that contribute to the vicious cycle of extreme poverty in our rural communities.

Our Solution To The Problem

KKF_LogoWe are changing this status quo by economically empowering our mothers in the rural communities to transition from subsistence to commercial poultry farming. Our solution is a hub & spoke social franchise network model that brings together rural women in free range chicken farming and uses mobile technology to support them to efficiently & effectively access the 4 major capacity building services they need to grow their poultry enterprises. We reach our members through village hubs with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 50 members each.

Using our online platform called “Kuku+”, we provide an online pooled procurement system that helps our network members to access quality products at affordable prices & from reliable suppliers. We also provide technical support and trainings to our network members via the mobile platform & thru field extension services to equip them with agronomic & business skills. In addition, we provide our network members with access to affordable & customized financing options thru our farmers’ owned SACCO, partnerships with financial institutions & suppliers as well as by capitalizing on their data in our online farmers’ platform. Finally, we manage a collective selling system that gives our network members a higher bargaining power in the market; and also provide direct access to physical markets and via our online market platform to eliminate agents and ensure maximum return on investment to our network members.

By providing the above services to our network members, we charge them an affordable annual franchise fee and participate in their revenue share as well as offer additional trainings to them at a fee in order to be sustainable. To grow our business model, we are including value addition in the value chain by the end of year 3 in order to maximize the returns from our social franchise network.

Scaling Plans For Kuku Kienyeji Farm

We are piloting our business model for 6 months with a minimum of 10 women after being awarded a $1,000 grant by Mpesa Foundation. We emerged the winners in Nakuru County, Kenya and we have already set up our network and are getting systems rolling on the ground. We are also developing our online platform “Kuku+” in collaboration with LakeHub which should be ready in the second quarter of 2016 for roll out. We shall scale in the Nakuru County within the first 12 months and thereafter launch in other counties to our target of 22 counties in 5 years.

We want to recruit an additional 40 women to join in the pilot phase to make the total number for the pilot to be 50 women. Each woman will be given 5 chickens at $5 per chicken (Total: $1000). Each will also be given a cage where the chicken will be reared at $50 per cage (Total: $2,000). Each woman will also get equipment worth $25 to kick them off (Total: $1,000). We shall also need $1,000 for administrative expenses over the pilot phase.

Our Social Impact

Our impact metrics are based on the number of women we have in our network and the positive social-economic growth they experience in terms of an increase in their household incomes; and the improvement of quality of life as reflected in their ability to: afford to pay school fees for their children, buy household necessities, afford healthcare services, afford nutritious food, afford clean energy and save for further investments among other micro-economic developments.

Finally, in the words of Margaret Thatcher; “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” You can always trust an economically empowered mother to improve the living standards of her family now and invest for a brighter future for her children, hence helping in reducing poverty today and sustainably creating wealth for our future generations. That is why at Kuku Kienyeji Farm we are committed to economically empowering our mothers in our rural communities; and urge other youths in Africa to join us in the good course to end poverty and create wealth sustainably in Africa.

Blogpost and illustrations submitted by Jeremy Riro (Nairobi, Kenya) – jeremyriro(at)gmail.com

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1,117 thoughts on “YAP Proposal #9: “Kuku Kienyeji Farm” (Jeremy Riro, Kenya)

  1. Great initiative. Having grown up in a rural setting myself, I understand just how far this project can go towards transforming lives and granting a new lease of hope to those sinking into apathy.

    1. Thanks Becton for the support. We are moving to Homabay County after Nakuru County. We need to get our youths and mothers in the rural communities economically empowered for a safe future!

    2. True Brian! When social-economic gaps exist, we need to find local solutions that work best for the local communities by using the human centered design approach. That will ensure the solution best fits to the needs of the community and there its sustainability is assured!

    1. Thanks LAKEHUB! We believe in your tech expertise to make the project a success. Together we are creating the social-economic development we want to see in our society. Continue impacting more lives through solutions in tech innovation!

    1. Thanks Noel for your support! We can fulfill SDG 1 & 2 on ending poverty and hunger only when the small holder farmers are empowered to increase production for the growing global population. With 75% of our agricultural coming from these small scale farmers, sustainable solutions need to be focused in capacity building for them. I am counting on you for agronomic trainings and other consultations as we grow

  2. This is a viable venture that will go to great lengths at economically empowering the less fortunate women in the society.. viva kukukienyejifarm

    1. Thank you so much Nyar Tieni! We owe it to our mothers! Without them we would not be here today and for them to continue with the good job they do of bringing up future leaders and change-makers, we need to empower them at their level in the rural communities. The village is calling and we can only answer by going back there and creating sustainable development projects.

    1. Thank you Martha! The journey ha just began, we have a lot of mileage to cover and with your support we shall reach all our mothers in our rural communities and paint smiles on their faces!

    1. Sure Ruth, it all begins with one woman and the entire country gets empowered eventually. Thank you very much for supporting us and rallying the whole world behind sustainable development in our rural communities

  3. This is a great project that will alleviate poverty. Your plans of empowering women economically is a positive sign towards poverty eradication in our communities. Kudos!! Kukukienyejifarm. F

    1. Thanks Min ji! small positive actions done consistently will yield great positive results for our society. It all starts with us the youths embracing economic empowerment of our communities and in over time poverty and extreme hunger will be a thing of the past.

  4. For so long Women especially those in the rural areas have been optimistic without hope, hardworking without proper financial knowledge, advocating for eqaulity without justice. KKF is the new wave sweeping across Nakuru and with such a proposal one can only say . Congrats Team

    1. Thanks Sharon for your kind words. We need ladies like you to support the venture for it to get to the greater heights where it aught to be; empowering our mothers in rural communities across all the counties in Kenya. Step by step we shall approach your county or a county near you, turn around the poverty tables and kick out extreme hunger. Our mothers deserve this economic justice and equality!

  5. Nice project bearing in mind the economic viability of agricultural project in kenya currently.A nice incentive to cub poverty and empower the less fortunate.Bigups.

    1. Hi Noel, thanks for the support! we need to make use of our comparative advantage in agriculture to bring sustainable economic development in our rural communities. It all starts with creation of micro-value chains in the villages which translate to micro-industries for agricultural produce manufacturing and processing before selling value added products to the larger markets.

  6. It is very evident that poverty and its rapid growth is about to be impeded in Nakuru through Kukukienyeji project. Women empowerment through this initiative is an epitome of better living standards.

    1. Hi Cynthia, thank you for supporting our project! We are delighted to be practically contributing to the Economic pillar in our Vision 2030 by capacity building for the rural women in Nakuru. Our goal is to have each woman access to a decent income that will empower her to make development decisions both at the household level and at the community level. Our mothers are wise enough to have brought us up this far with meager resources, just imagine how much they can do when they have enough resources at their disposal!

  7. This a great social initiative using technology to lower poverty rate & in this digital age, it’s a perfect solution. Kudos!

    1. Hi Sue! Thank you for your support! I know your passion for women empowerment and we shall not leave no stone unturned until our mothers are all empowered and poverty eradicated digitally.

  8. Strong foundation, good vision and a viable project plan I believe that’s what you have here and with that you are bound to make this a success. Stay focused and keep it up..

    1. Sure Oscar! Our mothers are always action oriented without much politicking when it comes to development issues. That is why the most successful chamas we know of are all managed by women.

  9. Woooow Jeremy !! I am really glad to see the progress of your project 🙂 GO AHEAD and congrats for the Mpesa price ! I am one of your strongest supporter !! Thank you for what you do towards women empowerment and your contribution to the development of social entrepreneurship in Africa ! Wish you the best

    1. Hi Justine, thanks a lot for your always assured support! We owe it to our continent to transform it one village at a time. For Kuku Kienyeji Farms we identified the the source of life in our communities abd that’s where we begin with the change: our beloved mothers!

  10. i must say starting any project is audacious and must commend you both. the location will give you more of an advantage going by the population of the county and distance from Nairobi county. i can see you making it so all you need is honesty, discipline and commitment. don’t fall in the proverbial entrepreneurs trap n fail to move. in the mean time, you can count on me to render support as i know some well performing local breeds. All the best guys

    1. Thank you so much Maroa for both your wise advice and support. We shall definitely reach out to you for more advice and support in navigating thru the markets. Which are some of the best breeds you would recommend?

      1. there is a local breed called kuchi from malawi, excellent breeders, disease tolerant and fast growth. find time and i will tell you how to get some

  11. It is good to see another noble project empowering women in our villages. Big up kukukienyeji!! Here’s to poverty eradication in Kenya..as they say… Empower a woman and you feed a whole nation!..

    1. Hi Julia. Its true that poverty eradication is not rocket science. We can, we are and we shall defeat it by simple local solutions that resonate with our people in our rural communities.

  12. True Riro, Frances Moore’s quote says it all, “the real cause of hunger is the powerlessness of the poor to gain access to the resources they need to feed themselves. Kenya is going to its pinnacle courtesy KukuKienyeji Farm, I am optimistic. F

    1. I can’t agree more Cynthia! When you feed the nation, all other issues including health, education, infrastructure will automatically follow. And it is up to us to make this happen and we are indeed going to succeed together as we empower our women.

  13. Jeremy i have gone through the blog and its impresive.i think the next step is to introduce such an initiative for these rare birds especialy turkeys and guinea fowls as this will increase general market and consumption of the birds
    They are also more profitable. I.e month old poult for 1k compared to a mature cock going for 1k

    1. Thank you so much Misati for the insights! Being a rare birds expert yourself I believe we shall collaborate when we get to the point of product diversification and differentiation as a sustainability strategy. Your advice and support in that area is much welcome!

  14. This is a good venture that Kukukienyeji farm has embarked on. We need such in every community in Kenya, to help those of us who wish to start this project but are too limited with information and skills. keep up the good work!!

  15. KK is a Project in the right direction so to speak.Our mothers are the cornestone of a wealthy and healthy living and hence they need to be empowered by any means possible for the realization of the social economic fabric.The sustainability of poverty free Society is only achievable if women are equitably supported with such projects, thus KK aint a step in futility. Bravo to team KK as you relentlessly lead this worthy course.

    1. Hi Reuben,

      You have rightfully put it! An empowered women will translate that into community development for the whole society. It’s time we built their capacity and support them to grow in their small scale agribusiness ventures.

  16. Big up. The best idea and practice. This project will enhance the living starndard of rural peolpe as starting with women is the starting with whole community. This ensures the education for all and foods and health for all. The project has impact on poverty allevietion and reflecting MDGs.

    I suggest you better add turkeys and guinea fowls as these birds are more profitable and reliable source of protein.

    1. Well put Kenneth! We tackle the SDGs starting with the very first one of ending poverty and follow on with ending hunger. IN our network issues of gender equality, environmental conservation and climate change are discussed and implemented, thus helping propagate the SDGs from UN complexes to our rural communities.

  17. It’s a move that will both empower our women and the economy at large..the venture is worth it and will go places,keep up the good job.

  18. Empowered societies lies on women empowerment.
    Our impact metrics are based on the number of women we have in our network and the positive social-economic growth they experience in terms of an increase in their household incomes; and the improvement of quality of life as reflected in their ability to: afford to pay school fees for their children, buy household necessities, afford healthcare services, afford nutritious food, afford clean energy and save for further investments among other micro-economic developments.
    Great mind here. With this spirit we can achieve a sustainable economy. Keep up

  19. I really appreciate this bright idea because i believe through it we are going to move our economy to greater levels. Thanks alot for empowering our mothers. Please let it move into deep rural areas..next generation will enjoy the fruits.

    1. Sure Felix! We are sparking an economic development revolution from the most unexpected of territories; our rural communities. Once they are empowered, then the urban areas will be much easier to tackle.

  20. Man, you are on the right track! The small scale farmers really help in the bringing up their families and the supply of food in those families. As you said, capital and enthusiasm is normally what lacks in the rural. Kindly assist where possible!

    1. We are in this to provide the solutions coz we believe the solutions come from us and we the people can change the negative narrative of deplorable economic states in our rural communities by taking positive action to create sustainable ventures like Kuku Kienyeji Farm.

  21. I really appreciate this bright idea because i believe through it we are going to move our economy to greater levels..

  22. Empowering women through agribusiness is one of the few sure ways towards empowering an entire village>a location>a division>a Subcounty>a county and finally a Country… Kuku kienyegi farm is a noble idea I would love to be part of

  23. Great initiative! This is the alternative leadership that Africa lacks. I am glad that we are having more young people solving real problems that Africa is facing.

    1. Thanks Obara for the kind words! We can not wait to be given leadership when our communities are languishing in poverty, we need to rise and take action, no matter how small, collectively we shall have transformed a whole nation.

  24. great minds.. we are waiting for this great project that will empower our homabay county… empower women and youths and develop the all community

    1. Like Wangari Maathai would put it it is “Our little thing” that we can do to stop the whole forest from burning down. No matter how small, it still makes a big difference!

  25. With the increase in population, food insecurity is a concerned and so such ideas like this one ‘kuku ya kienyeji’ is not only going to empower women in our society but also boost our economy in a greater deal to curb food insecurity. am longing for that day that Kenya shall feed the world. This ain’t a baby step but a giant hop, Kudos guys.

    1. Hi Hadji, with our focus in the SDG 1 and 2 of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger as our key pillars, we are going to create the sustainable development we all want to see at the grassroots.

  26. This initiative is great. Everyone loves it. I remember my friend asking if his incubator can produce kuku kienyeji. Please advise him

    1. About the incubator, yes it can be used to hatch the Kuku Kienyeji eggs. For large scale production that is the most sustainable way of doing it as compared to having chicken brooding over the eggs

  27. I love this! It is great project and I am proud of you for the social change you are bringing to our society. Can we get your eggs and chicken in Nairobi?

    1. About supplying our products to Nairobi, we are yet to start bringing them over. We are still in the initial stages and once our systems are strong enough, we shall have more products for wider markets.

    1. Yes Mandela, step by step we are getting to your village sooner than you expect. One way to enable us to grow is the support you are giving us to enable get funding for expansion. We appreciate your support so much!

  28. I fully support KKF. Please bring it to my village soon. I can supply the farmers with feeds in my village since that is what I do. It will be good business for me too:)

  29. Good job my boy! I saw this start from scratch and I know you are headed for greater heights where you shall be impacting many lives. I wish you well in the process

  30. Kudos kuku kienyeji farm! Your passion for economic empowerment for women is soo inspiring considering that you are men:)..I am full behind you in this and call me any time you need help.

    1. I only know 20 of us are being selected based on the online voting. Afterwards a panel will sit to decide who finally gets the funding. I have no idea how many are being chosen from among the 20. May be admin can advice..

    2. Hi Esther, here are the instructions on the selection process after the first 20…

      The final selection:
      Based on the public voting formula, a panel of judges (judges to be announced later) will give a final score on the top submissions, which will determine the finalists. The panel will consist of scientists, communications specialists and experts in sustainable development.

      They will, individually, score each blog entry based on the project or initiative you presented (feasibility, originality, impact and sustainability – each equally weighed) and the way you presented the project in a blogpost. We will total the individual judges’ score to make the final score.

  31. Women empowerment precedes any sustainable development. Look at the developed world and the way their women are empowered. We can not develop unless we have revived the woman-power in our society. I believe kuku kienyeji farm you are going to make us proud with your mission of empowering women

    1. Indeed it is time to awaken the woman-power in our rural communities where mostly it is the men who have their say and still have their way. By empowering our mothers economically, we shall be giving them a voice in their households and eventually in the community.

  32. Jeremy you are a great leader in business for your country. You are a role model for other youths doing positive works towards developing their country. I am watching you keenly from the diaspora. I fully support your endevours at KKF

    1. Hi Tony, thank you for your kind words. It is about sustainable development for our rural communities that we are doing this. Most of us grew up there and we can not afford not to go back there and improve the living standards. It is a our moral and human responsibility to do just that.

  33. Wow great idea there Jeremy. At least we have greater minds like you in Africa thinking in terms of empowering society.
    That is a greater initiative.Follow Your dream and see to it is fulfilled.
    you can do it.

    1. Thanks a lot Evans! We owe it to our communities, it is our duty to empower the givers of life to us and ensure they can live a quality life. That way the whole society is able to live a happy life. We will pursue the dream until we achieve it; and with your support we believe we shall make it!

    1. Thank you so much Peter for your support! I appreciate your call for more women economic empowerment in our communities. That proves my conviction that we have more men in our society who believe in women economic empowerment. Cheers man!

    1. There are many ways of being part of women empowerment. You can choose the policy way where you influence policy formulation that empower women. You could also choose to go the implementation way or what I call “boots on the ground way” where you get down to implement initiatives that empower the women. At Kuku Kienyeji Farm we have chosen a hybrid of the two whereby we both have our boots on the ground but use our experiences and learning from the grass roots to influence policy

  34. Hi buddy, I see you are doing great with your project All I can do is to wish you well as you continue growing the enterprise and getting into other regions. We need you in our county too; you are so much welcome and I can help in facilitating the settling in. Success bro!

    1. Thank you Tallam for your kind words and your support! As we expand to other counties we shall indeed involve as many youths as possible and we are happy that we are welcome to your county already!

  35. It took one woman to change the whole world during God’s time(Eve).Hence with no doubt women are the drivers for sustainable,financial development and many such. Hence they must be empowered to solve many disputes in the community and in future. Kudos Kuku Kienyeji Farm.

    1. Thank you Titus for your support! We appreciate your insights and input as we move along. I know you are a development conscious leader and with your advice as we grow we shall be able to create much bigger impact with localized solutions.

  36. Do you have a lady in your management team?…that would help in reaching out to more women..can I join your team?..hehe

    1. We are happy to have you in our team Ngeno! We talk about that offline. Currently we arr working in form of clusters we are calling village hubs with each village hub having a woman leader who coordinates activities on the ground. This makes operations run smoothly and being that they understand the locality and the women in their community better, they are able to advice on the best localized solutions for their community.

  37. Congratulations KKF for the great initiative that you are running. It will help us improve living standards in our rural communities and have empowered communities!

  38. I fully support Kuku Kienyeji Farm in this project of empowring our women in the rural areas. We need to stop crying for help when we can do it our selves. Lets all support KKF for them to grow and scale to the whole country. All the best KKF team!

  39. An idea whose time has come can not be stopped! Kuku Kienyeji Farm is such a timely idea and growth is the only option you have. Success!

    1. From the leader himself one Sir Oyola! Thank you very much for your support; with youth leadership in Kenya backing us up we shall surely scale faster than we thought!

    2. On what is needed to join is determination and commitment of the woman to be an agri-preneur. The farmer start-up kit is provided to them when they join; but they repay for it over time as they start selling chicken and eggs through our network.

    3. Sir Oyola, we are operating with the maxim of you cannot give what you do not have. The women we are empowering do not have the money to pay us upfront and so we need to first create a source of income for them, then later have them repay for the farmer’s kit that we shall be providing to all our new members.

  40. Superb project! Hope other countries are reading this for replication in their own countries. Women across Africa all need to be empowered!

    1. Sure thing Bismark! This is a very simple model that can be replicated anywhere in sub saharan Africa. Thank you for your support and for highlighting that fact.

  41. I love the idea it is one of a kind and I believe its going a mile in curbing the issue of food insecurity as a general objective

    1. Thank you Michael. Our focus is first and foremost on SDG 1 & 2 on erad icating poverty and food insecurity in Africa. But we need to start in our own villages through such simple but very effective models.

  42. kuku kienyeji is just one great idea and I love the bit that the target people are the women. shows how much potential we got

    1. Hi Michael,

      Thank you for your support! women are the foundation of life and when the foundation is not empowered the whole society will collapse. We need create a sustainable economic foundation for our communities by starting with our mothers.

  43. This is a good idea that has come at the right time. By empowering women in the rural areas we not only uplift their livelihood but also help build a greater society. please lets support this good course. I fully support kuku kienyeji farm

  44. Great initiative guys.. An idea that has come to roost #punintended, 😀kukukienyeji Initiative, to alleviate the standards of living in rural Kenya women. And curb the dependency syndrome

  45. We have seen women’s lives changed since kuku kienyeji started. We need even more people to steer such projects that uplifts the lives of rural Kenyans

  46. When a woman is empowered and earns income, she invests in her family of which when you look at the bigger picture, the whole nation’s welfare will be improved and poverty in the household alleviated.
    I like this kuku kienyeji project. Keep it up!!!

    1. Thank you Lynn Achieng for sharing in our philosophy of sustainable development. When the building block of the society (the family) is empowered, the whole society gets healed of all evils!

  47. Hongera!!! Kukukienyeji Farm. You guys have set a precedence for change, that will soon able to replicated across the counties

    1. Hi Emmanuel! Thank you for your support. We are still at the initial stages but we shall be scaling to other counties probably faster than we expected due to the support and interest that this has created across the country.

    1. Thank you Elijah for standing to be counted on the right side of history by supporting sustainable development projects like KKF. in years to come we shall look back and you shall smile to see the transformation in our rural communities.

  48. Great initiative kukukienyeji! Been a long time coming. Now our women are better equipped to earn a living, feed their families and therefore bring change in their own little way

    1. True Barrack, like the swahili saying goes: haba na haba hujaza kibaba! We only need to start small but when the total is aggregated the whole community will have been transformed.

    1. Thank you Alex for your undivided support and show of love to KKF, we encourage you to prepare the gourd for us as we shall be coming to your county soon.

    1. Thank you soo much Winnie! We accept the blessings and pray that we may be able to reach all the less privileged women in our country one village at a time.

  49. Good job kukukienyeji farms. Keep bringing change, as you have shown as that you are the change you want to be. You have really helped this women

    1. Stanley you remind me of the words from President John F Kennedy: “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

    1. Thank you Selina! It is our moral obligation to ensure that we have equitable development in our country; and it starts with the rural communities being empowered through agribusiness since that is what they have already

    1. Mercy, the requirements are sheer determination and commitment to agribusiness and the passion to grow your business to commercial levels. We provide the starter kit which you repay in flexible installments after we have helped you start generating income.

    1. Hi Zindzi! Thank you for your question. First we are focused on working with young mothers most of whom will be below 35 years of age and thereby are youths. In addition, we are creating partnerships with youths and youth-led businesses to be our suppliers for farm inputs such as cages, equipment, feeds etc. That way we shall be creating complete micro-economics in our rural communities where the youths and the women who are the less empowered get to rise up to the occasion and determine their financial future.

    1. Hey Faith! I know your passion and work in women empowerment, lets join hands and ensure our mothers live a decent life in the rural communities where we come from.

  50. I told my mother about kuku kienyeji farm and she has not stopped asking me when you shall introduce it in our home area. Kindly advice when you are coming to our home in Njoro. It is still in Nakuru County where you are

    1. Donnie, we have received several other similar requests on when we shall get to the other side of the county and introduce KKF there. Our answer very soon. Once we are able to fund the scaling we shall be there before you know it. Just give us time to get the pilot over and done with then the scaling will be very fast and smooth.

  51. I have looked into your website and seen that the management team is made up of men only. Have you considered having a lady on board? That might help in reaching out to the women much easily.

    1. Again thank you very much Murray for taking the initiative to reach out to our website. Yes for now we have two gentlemen as the directors at KKF. We however take your feedback and we shall indeed be including more ladies in the management team going forward.

    2. However, even in the current model as it is the whole network is run by the women themselves and we just facilitate the operations at the central point. As you might have read in the website, we have organized the women in our network into village hubs of 5 – 50 women and we have a village hub leader who has to be one of the women in the cluster. The village hub leader takes up leadership of her hub and coordinates all activities including distribution of farm inputs purchased under the pooled procurement system, collecting products from the hub members for collective selling and other management work in collaboration with the team at the HQ.

  52. From campus days you were passionate about social entrepreneurship..I am happy for you now that you are actually implementing it! All the best!

  53. That a chicken can be turned into an empowerment tool to transform lives in our rural communities is amazing. Go for it bro!

    1. Hey Jose! It is the principle of using what you have first before reaching out to what you do not have. We start with what the farmers have and add value it to empower them. Poultry farming is big business but they need our support to make it grow.

  54. An economic revolution begins when women have a say in the society. Lets empower them from the villages to towns

    1. True Jotham, when our mothers in rural communities will have the power to make independent financial decisions, then true civilization will have dawned on us!

  55. Combating poverty and empowering womem has always been sisters. You are on the right track. Community development will unlock the huge potential that lies in our rural areas and propell us to economic development at a country level. I vouch for kuku kienyeji farm!

  56. Life begins when our mothers bring us to this earth. We must give back to them by empowering them to raise up healthy families while living a decent life. Kuku kienyeji you are legends!

    1. Hi Johnie; we are looking determined and commited women who are willing and ready to take up poultry farming as a commercial business and grow it to a big self sustaining venture. We then provide them with the starter kit which they repay for later when they have started getting cashflows from their venture.

  57. I need to try this in my home country,what does it take to set up such an organized but simplified business model?

    1. Hi Anto! You should definitely try it out at home! All it takes is to be super organized and have the structures in place to support it from the grass-root level. It should be owned and run by the women themselves for it to be strong enough.

  58. I believe that the big projects driving country’s economy just started like Kuku Kienyeji project. I personally stand with the idea and encourage everyone to take part in any other activity of such. It’s a good one.

  59. I believe that even the big projects driving country’s economy just started like Kuku Kienyeji project. Am optimistic towards the project and encourage all to take part in any other activity of such. It’s a good one. Congratulations.

  60. What a great venture heralded in empowering poor women to be self reliant and jubilant game changers! Thumbs up Kukukienyeji.

    1. Hey Mogire! Thank you for being our first online customer on this blog post to pre-order our products! We will ensure you receive your order in style..:)

  61. The sustainability of any social venture as this involves the inclusion of women. On this I agree with you. Kudoz

  62. The heights can only be reached in the efforts of a true youthful entreprenurial spirit. Kkf. You are in this.

    1. The youths are the leaders of today! Probably not in politics, but in sustainable development ventures and social entrepreneurship. Thank you very much Kevo for your support!

    1. Hey Keffa, we pray that we keep it as simple as it is and never loose sight of the community development objective which is the foundation of our model! We need you and others to be accountability partners in this. Kindly keep advising us. Thanks a lot!

  63. The project is echoed at sustainability of empowered women. Which is something of a plus in the global economy. I like it

  64. The efforts you have put in together with your team are only be plausible in national tv. You deserve a 40 women gun salute.

  65. This is my pursuit in life and I am soo in it both now and in the future. KKF must lead the way in agri-business in our rural communities!

  66. Hapa ndo maendeleo imetufikisha! Youths championing development..so proud of you guys..lets use agriculture to empower our communities.

  67. When I heard about KKF from a friend of mine I never thought it was this BIG! Now I know…keep up with the good work!

  68. My question is on sustainability; how do you nake this sustainable over the long run? Especially considering that you are giving out the initial inputs to farmers for free..

    1. We are using a model whereby the farmers will have to pay for the initial inputs at some point later on when they are generating cash flows. We are also charging them some franchise fees andtaking part in their revenue share.

  69. Good job sir! Turning chicken to an economic resource is a great way to create financial empowerment for the rural households.

  70. This what happens when you have a young mind with great vision….#Transformation! Am your number one fan in agri-business solutions for sustainable development.

  71. Jeremy i can see you are among the few from campus who have stayed strong on the spirit of entrepreneurship bigup

  72. The 21st century is fully of people with good ideas that are transforming lives and this is definately one of them. Great job

  73. I know of a similar model that has worked successfully in the western part of Kenya. How are you different and what is your core competitive advantage in the market?

    1. Hey Anesta, we are different since we have the online system which no other business has and we keep ahead of our competitors thru continuous improvement of our systems in order to perfect the user experience

  74. Congratulations by the way for the great job you are doing!..Like I said your model is a very successful approach to creating sustainable development in our rural communities through agribusiness.

  75. Well done bro…we are in full support of your sustainable development project. Welcome to our county too!

  76. Jeremy you must be the development leader you country has been waiting for! I love the way you are simplifying a complex network model and turning it into a sustainable development project. Keep doing what you are doing and the sky will be the limit. Good job!

  77. Big up yourselves! If I was in Nakuru county I would have definitely joined the network. When are you coming to Muranga county?

  78. Kuku Kienyeji nawasupport kwa mradi wenu wa kuleta maendeleo mashinani kupitia kwa ukulima. Tuendelee na bidii iyo hiyo!

  79. Congratulations Kuku Kienyeji for your great work. Keep up and scaling fast to cover other rural communities too.

  80. Forward ever, backward never! You guys are going places and are really transforming our rural communities thru empowering less privileged women. Do not loose focus of the end goal: community development!

  81. DEEP!

    “Finally, in the words of Margaret Thatcher; “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” You can always trust an economically empowered mother to improve the living standards of her family now and invest for a brighter future for her children, hence helping in reducing poverty today and sustainably creating wealth for our future generations. That is why at Kuku Kienyeji Farm we are committed to economically empowering our mothers in our rural communities; and urge other youths in Africa to join us in the good course to end poverty and create wealth sustainably in Africa.”

  82. You are on the right track kuku kienyeji and you will surely get to your destination. Together as a one in poverty eradication

  83. This kukukienyeji project is a bold step, many women have the desire to engage into such businesses but have no guidelines and the necessary steps needed to do so. You are an answered prayer to many!

  84. Well done brother! Leadership begins with such small steps which go a long way in transforming our communities to economic strongholds. Wishing you all the best in your pilot and scaling.

  85. Agribusiness is the way to go if we need to empower our rural communities. You can not empower the community unless you use what they have on the ground and in their hands. This is a great strategy Jeremy and I can vouch for it and assure you that you are going to succeed big time!

  86. Emancipate us from rural poverty Jeremy! I support your venture and will be there to help if you need me. Go for the ultimate prize boy!

  87. Big-up bro! We need more of your kind in our community with an honest interest of the people in their hearts.

  88. I have been dreaming of starting such a project in my rural home but I have never gotten a clear strategy on how to do it. Thanks to you now I know what to do. Can we have some form of partnership?

  89. Mzito tia bidii hadi hii story ifike mashinani zote. Hawa wasee wengine wenye wanajiita mashinani ni wa uongo..wewe tu ndo uko na sisi huku vijijini na wewe ndo tunatambua!

  90. Great initiative! One of the biggest challenge that rural farmers face is in accessing financing. How are you dealing with that? I did not quite get it clearly…

    1. Hey Mkono, we are creating a farmers owned sacco and arranging for financing with banks and suppliers for working capital financing. We are applying what we call a factoring financing model.

  91. I take this chance to celebrate KK farm, many women in farming sector will have a boost with initiative. go! go! kk

  92. The women in Nakuru county and various areas are very blessed. Mobile technology in farming is just splendid. Our country is going places, thank you Kukukienyeji farm ! All the best.

  93. Local solutions to local challenges is what we need in this country! Congratulation Jeremy for being at the forefront of sustainable development locally!

  94. I am a mother, I also have mothers around me, such manner of hopelessness will surely be driven away. This farm will ensure that the little kukus they have aroumd put in gud use.

  95. That’s my home town, I can’t be any proud! Thank you kuku kienyeji farm, I am surely waiting for this development.

  96. Who knew at some point there would be hope for our mothers? I hope this is going to all mothers in Kenya..@Riro?

  97. Food security is about to be tackled from our own homes!!!Amazing! Kukukienyeji Farm, am out to support every initiative that you will have. I am ready to go out of my means.

  98. This pilot project, has elated many. The little development that will be done by Kukukienyeji farm is development in its self! Poverty is nolonger going to be an issue

  99. Kukukienyeji farm, I am very impressed. We have rich minds and determination within our mothers. They just lack some to spur them up. Thank you

    1. Thats why we are taking the capacity building services to their doors. Once they have the financial power and freedom our rural communities will be transformed.

  100. Poverty has to be eradicated from homes then will trickle down to the entire country. Kuku kienyeji farm please make sure you reach my home town.

  101. Reading your proposal is like watching a dream come true! I am a poultry farming enthusiast and wish you all the best in your community development project through agribusiness.

  102. I like your idea very much! In my community at Kisii we have a challenge in accessing markets for our chicken especially for the urban areas far way from our rural homes. How can you help us address this challenge?

    1. Hey Raphael, first we are creating an online market for poultry farmers that you can tap into. Secondly, when we set shop in Kisii we shall be operating our collective selling model there too.

  103. One week to go Jeremy and we are all behind you supporting this great initiative!..All teh best bro!

  104. You are our hero in community development. Go for this and may you be successful in all that you do in the rural areas!

    1. Masila boy sasa?….we recruit our network members directly from the villages they do not have to struggle looking for place to go register..we go to their door steps!

  105. A journey of a thousand miles has began, I am happy to walk with you Jeremy! You are such an inspiration!

  106. If the selection process will be based on merit, then you deserve to be supported in launching and rolling out this great project! I see the massive impact it shall create within our rural communities and can’t wait to start experiencing growth for Kuku Kienyeji Farm!

  107. Jeremy I have seen your email address from your website. I drop you an email and chat more about your amazing business model. All the best!

  108. I however need some small clarification; help me understand what pooled procurement is and how it works. Thanks a lot!

    1. Pooled procurement is the process of aggregating farm input demands from all the farmers and making on common order so that we benefit from economies of scale and get quality inputs from reliable suppliers. Hope this clarifies Debbie….

  109. Kenya can only be powered by young brains at the verge of a change mindset. Jeremy this is outstanding from you

  110. It has always been the belief of many. That local products are only for those in the villages with the health benefits arising from the same neglected. On this you have gotten. Into a gold mine

  111. Organization that take care of the interests of the less fortunate stem as the best in reputation and economic empowerement. KKF This is great

    1. Yes Moz..we are looking forward to partnering with women in self help groups to enlist members to our network. It will hasten and eased our recruitment process.

  112. Jeremy, I really love what you are doing the innovative model you are using. Keep informing us of these new ways of doing things bro!

  113. Good business model! Need someone to supply the poultry farming equipment? Keep in touch we talk business.

  114. I love the health aspect of white meat from chicken. I love the slogan on your website: Tasty Chicken Healthy Life!

  115. Jeremy, can you pliz clarify to me the financing bit; sounds very interesting since it is the most challenging bit for most of us farmers. How are you handling it?

  116. Continue developing our rural communities bro! W are fully in support of your initiatives and we shall see you through to success!

  117. Tuliyangoja haya kwa muda mrefu sasa yametufikia. Asante sasa kaka kwa ukarimu na wema wako kwa kuwakumbuka kina bibi zetu huko bara. Hongera

  118. We need to see more of this kind of projects in Kenya, especially in the rural communities where all that lacks is access to financing and inputs for growth. Kudos for this great initiative. Wishing you al the best Jeremy1

  119. Agriculture needs to go back to when it was the backbone of our economy. Thank you Jeremy for leading the way there! All the best in the contest!

    1. We have a comparative advantage in agriculture and we need to take advantage of that…that is what KKF is exactly doing…starting with where we are strong in our effort of saving our rural communities from the dungeons of poverty.

  120. I like you business model Jeremy! Have you thought of how to make it adaptive to arid ans semi arid areas?

    1. Hey Mohamed. We are definitely thinking of scaling up into different regions and the arid and semi arid areas are part of our plan since they are also highly affected by poverty. We however haven’t structured yet an entry programme but we are working on the modalities and we would love to get your ideas on how we should carry out this. Thank you very much for your support!

  121. Economic development must start at the micro-level. I love the ft that KKF are doing exactly that by empowering households through agribusiness..keep it up bro!

    1. Well put Kimanzi, macro-economics is an aggregation of micro-economics. We need to start from the basics before we start changing the complex economic problems. When households are empowered we get the wheels of development rolling…

    2. IN addition Kimanzi, agriculture being a common thing in the rural areas, we thought turning it into agribusiness will indeed bring in the development we anticipate..it is a matter of starting with what people have and know and growing it over time.

  122. It takes one who has grown in the village to understand the struggles there and structure solutions that best fit those place like you have done. KKF is bound to be one of the best and successful agribusiness model for rural communities. Can’t wait for the day people will start studying the model after seeing its impact in our rural communities. I fully support you Jeremy!

    1. Thank you very much Kassim! You have simply underscored what motivated us to start the project in the first place. Growing in the rural areas we got a good feel of how things are done there and after acquiring skills and knowledge from the university it is time to transform our homes using localized solutions.

    1. Hey Thuo, we need to start somewhere and someone has to lead the way! That is why we quit our jobs to concentrate on this project and ensure it works out. The luxury of the city will not help if we can nnot go back home to engage in agribusiness projects!

  123. You are real inspiration Jeremy! Never quit doing the good you are doing..its such an amazing service to the society…we need the women financially empowered!

    1. Yes Wanjiru! Women empowerment is very central to what we are doing..we are part of the men for women economic empowerment in Africa and we won’t relent until we get back our mothers their dignity and financial freedom!

    1. Hey Wakio! Thank you for your interest in working with us. We shall definitely be hiring someone to assist us in analyzing the data we shall be getting from the farmers and generate reports for decision making. If you feel you are a good fit for the job just send your CV to info@kukukienyejifarm.com and we shall keep in touch with you when recruitment opens.

  124. Thought about processing of local feeds? It will be cheaper than buying ready made feeds from suppliers. All the best as you implement your project Jeremy!

    1. Thank you Mugwanja for your support! We highly appreciate your advice on production of our own feeds. We have thought about it internally and it is something we hope to start soon enough probably after the pilot phase so as to keep our costs in check. We are looking into working with the local communities to produce the feeds locally to cut the logistical costs and create more jobs locally too.

  125. I believe you are going to be selected for the award Jeremy! You project is just too good to not get the support it need to take off

    1. Thanks Brenda for the well wishes! We also hope for the best and that is why we are part of all these very great ideas presented on this blog! Gone through what others have posted too and it is inspiring to see how young people are out to solve challenges through agribusiness!

    1. Hey Murunga! We are often told that we have gold that we are not utilizing…chicken are a gold mine we need to utilize well…just look at how people eat chicken and eggs daily in urban areas and ask suppliers about the shortage of the same products then get a feel of how big an opportunity these women can tap into and make a living out of!

    1. Hey Njomo, so far we are two: my co-founder and I but we are building the team gradually as we get more systems running and the workload expands. It is a tough job to get a good fit for management level especially at the initial stages but we believe we shall hack it!

  126. I am rearing a few kari improved chicken back home and they are doing quiet very well. Poultry farming is easy and cheap in the rural areas and KKF will definitely succeed with this model.

    1. Hey Whitney. we are at Dundori village a few kilometers past Lanet. We are happy to have you come around and inspect what we do and give us your inputs too on how best to improve. Kuku Kienyeji Farm is for all of us to grow it and ensure we achieve the development goals we have for it.

  127. Hey Jeremy, I am a student at Riara UNiversity and I would like to volunteer as an intern at kuku kienyeji farm during my holiday break. Are you currently offering internships? Thanks

    1. Hey Hadji! Thank you for your interest to work with us. We shall definitely be recruiting very soon and we would like to consider all qualified students for different internship positions. Kindly send us your resume to info@kukukienyejifarm.com and we shall keep in touch when the recruitment process begins.

  128. Agriculture is the surest way of fighting poverty in Africa. Congratulations Jeremy for you great project!

    1. True Chamwa! It is said that agriculture is the backbone of our economies in most countries in sub saharan Africa. But if that was true, then we could not be getting food donations from the western countries. We want to change that narrative and make Africa the food basket for the world. But ofcourse we must start somewhere and grow one step at a time – for us the chicken project was the simplest but most impactfull first step that we are taking then diversify later on.

    1. Hey Chege..thank you for your support! We need to make our solutions fro local challenges sustainable in order to get rid of donor dependency and eliminate the hand-outs mentality from our society..let everyone be given the power to make their own money substainably and we have a happy nation!

  129. This project is very elaborate on the implementation. I like the tech aspect since we are living in a digital era. All the best Jeremy!

    1. Hey Ibrahim…rthank you for standing with us. Indeed we are in a digital age where everything is being automated. We need to get our rural communities into this technology era and benefit from the efficiency that tech creates. In addition we need to mechanize our agriculture in order to boost production to meet our food demands in Africa. It starts small and later we shall have influenced millions into the right mindset in ag.

    1. Hey Omar, thank you for your support! We hope we get selected too and get the funding to get things to the next level and start seeing the impact by Q3 this year.

  130. I would be interested to know the challenges you have faced so far or the ones that you foresee coming as you scale. How are you planing to deal with them?

    1. So far things are running smoothly since we are still very early on and we are well know in our village so we have the support from the community. However we need funding to kick-start a lot of systems and run smoothly and efficiently going forward.

    2. In terms of the future, we foresee a challenge when entering into other counties where we are not know and having the locals buy into our idea and not think that we are just another pyramid scheme.

      However, we plan to work with local NGOs and CBO plus the local leaders in order to get an easy buy-in. We are also hoping that from the success of our pilot and scaling in Nakuru county we shall be able to get goodwill from the county government which will help us get a warm welcome in other counties.

  131. Hey Jeremy, I am wishing you all the best as you transform our rural communities via ag…you are a true development leader!

    1. Thank you Cassie for your kind words!..Leadership comes with responsibilities and at Kuku Kienyeji Farm we are delegating that leadership to all our network members and friends of KKF so that we together develop our communities. We all have what it takes to change our destiny, we s=just need to rise up and start taking action!

  132. By the way what happens if any of the women in your network wants to leave?…or is it a life membership..:)

    1. Ofcourse we are very democratic and transparent in our dealings. For anyone who wants to leave we have procedures in place for that. However, based on the benefits that the farmers will be getting from the network, we do not foresee any significant rate of attrition.

    1. Thank you Simiyu for the kind words! We are very hopeful that the model will work having tried out the same with some of my clients in the past but in the healthcare sector.

    1. We have first thought about scaling, value addition and product diversification. After that once the model is grown and strong enough, we can always agree with all our members on the best way for the shareholders to exit..either through ans IPO, or a private equity merger or acquisition…we are still very grey on the exact strategy

    1. Like I have mentioned above, we are not yet settled on how to exit because we think it will take 10 years or more before we finally scale to where we want the business to be. 10 years is too far in the future and so many things will change along the way. However, our key goal is to grow the business and get on board strategic partners and shareholders who will be sharing the same community development vision like us and our network members.

  133. We need more of theses kind of localized solutions to our local challenges in our communities. Good job and keep doing more of this!

    1. True Muiga! We can only transform our local communities by starting with what they know and using what that have before introducing other advanced solutions.

  134. Jeremy you are such an inspiration to Kenyan youths! We wish you all the best as you turn agriculture into the next big thing in Kenya!

  135. You know you are on the right track when you have all these people supporting your idea! I endorse kuku kienyeji farm too!

  136. Very elaborate model addressing the whole value chain!..WOW!..You guys nailed it with this…lets hope you get the funding to roll out on large scale so that the impact can be more than one county. All the best!

    1. Hey Kipruto! Thank you for your support!

      We are focused on dealing the whole challenge in the whole value chain because we believe that the value chain approach is more effective compared to segments. When addressing the whole value chain you are able to view things wholistically and innovate solutions that streamline operations from the farm inputs side of things to the end consumer side…what we call a farm-to-folk model

  137. Nawatakia mema Kuku Kienyeji Farm. Mimi ni mkkulima pia na niingependa kujihusisha na ukulima wa kuku za kienyeji. Tafathali nipe mawaitha..asenteni

  138. Buda ukichoranga form kali ka hizi tuchapiange pia na sisi tukue part of the winning team. Congratulations anyway for the steps you are making towards the right direction.