My name is James Makini from Keroka, Kenya. I am 28 years old. When I was 8 years old I went to greet my grandmother, who gave me a gift of a hen. I raised it, and with the help of our neighbors cock, it laid fertilized eggs and hatched them into chicks.
As the hens multiplied, I began to sell eggs to buy stationery, rebuild our hut and pay for my school fees and uniform. Little did I know that 15 years later I would share my experiences with three of my colleagues at the University of Nairobi one evening after unsuccessfully searching for an internship. Everybody said, “Wow! Why can’t we start a poultry-keeping initiative in rural areas in Kenya that will empower youth, women and children?”
Our hope was that the project would help them be able to afford basic needs like I did when I was young. We called the initiative “One Hen Campaign Project.” The aim is to train women and youth to organize in groups on entrepreneurship, agribusiness and poultry management for a month. Then we give each group member one hen in a coop that he/she is required to rear as part of the training.
At the end of the year, after the hens have multiplied, each member returns 2 hens to their group so that other members can benefit.
For children, the approach is through schools where we mentor and train them to embrace agriculture at an early age. The average age of a Kenyan farmer is above 50 years, and the 2009 census shows that out of a population of approximately 38 million people, youth (15-35 years) and children (0-14 years) together represent 78%. This huge proportion of the Kenyan population has not embraced farming, which is a big threat to food security in Kenya.
We give each pupil one hen in a coop which they rear as a co-curricular activity. At the end of the year they are required to return 2 hens so that those following them can also benefit.
This program will not only provide a source of income and nutrition for participants’ families, the students and pupils will learn basic entrepreneurial skills, applied math, financial management skills, personal initiative, the value of saving and a sense of social responsibility as they become the sponsors of subsequent years of the program.
So far the One Hen Project has created:
- Self-employment for youth and women and a source of income
- A source of food security
- A reduction in dependency ratios as almost every member of a family is economically active
The project has enabled the maximization of use of small land sizes as chicken rearing requires little space. It has also enabled the imparting of basic financial skills to beneficiaries. Members can now maintain business records thanks to our financial management training and seminars.
The One Hen Project has been given global recognition; In 2014 I was among the inaugural team of President Obama’s Mandela Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
Finally, the project has created opportunities along the poultry value chain and together with all our beneficiaries we formed a chicken farmers’ cooperative society to jointly market our produce (chicken, eggs and chicken manure). We have also started making our own feed for our chicken and selling it to other farmers in rural Kenya. This activity has already been certified by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
We hope to win the USD $5,000 grant as it will enable us give another 500 youth, women and children a hen in a coop which they will raise and then use to support other beneficiaries as the chickens multiply. We will use the $5,000 as follows:
- Buying nails, wire-mesh and timber for making a complete coop will cost us $6 per coop. We aim to make 500 coops, which will cost a total of $3,000
- Buying 500 hens at $4 per hen for a total of $2,000
We look forward to finding investors to help us expand our enterprise through supporting our feed mill, opening up our distribution network and helping us set up a chicken meat abattoir.
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1,695 thoughts on “YAP Proposal #173: Changing lives one hen at a time (James Makini, Kenya)”
This is a nice project that if well facilitated can have huge impact on the society as well as individual households. The benefits associated with the one hen project are immense. It has a simple ideology and can be replicated. Bravo mr James makini and the entire team of one hen campaign project.
Thanks @Mac we will strive to take the initiative to the next level thanks for your support
Can I be employed in your project i did project management from Kenya Instistute of Management
One Hen long live. We are grateful you helped our group with entrepreneurship training and hens
You are most welcome Christine we look forward to meeting your group again to check on progress.
My hen my future i was given a hen in 2013 and now i have a cow
@Ongondi we are so inspired to hear that it gives us more energy to keep serving you people.
How can i join your Campaign am in Migori?
We will keep you posted when we will be opening our Migori office.
I heard One Hen Campaign over Radio Citizen when are you planning to launch in Kakamega?
Keep it here we will let you know soon
Very interesting i am going to replicate the same in my village with your permission
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Have used your chicken feeds they are the best my chicks grew very fast
Thanks so much James for the positive feedback
We have a youth group and will like to Join?
Contact us via our office line 0728366185 or firstname.lastname@example.org so as we schedule day of meeting.
We have 1,000 layers Chicken can you supply us with feeds we are in Litein.
Yes we can John. Please place an order via 0728366185
This is great! Thank you Mr.James Makini and the entire team of one hen project for empowering youths and women to be self reliant.By now we are looking forward to join hands and together we eradicate poverty
My chicks look like are wearing jackets what might be the problem?
Rael, currently we are having a rainy season please ensure they are in a warm place
Congratulations guys for your recognition by President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). You are a true role model.
Thanks Victor we are humbled.
Keep up the good work. I am a member
I saw you guys in our school last year with one hen in a cage
Yes we presented it to the best student in Form 3.
We run an Orphanage home how can we partner with you?
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Nice and replicable project
I bought day old chicks from one hen and are doing well. Keep the fire burning
Jeff we will pass by soon and check their progress
How can i join?
Hey Lilian, contact us via 0728366185 we will come to your group.
Am in Mombasa, when are you expanding to Coast Region?
We will let you know when.
Thanks to your project youths in my village are now empowered.
Thanks Peter we will hold their hands all the way
Do you give cock?
Yes. But if it’s in your neighbourhood you can share
We have a school will you be able to supply us 1,000 eggs per week?
We can link you up with our beneficiaries who can supply. You only need to tell us which village or county is your school located
This is a simple and great project without much econometrics.
Thanks Mary for your Kind remarks
woh James makini this are great ideas to youths they can bring a great impact to the society at large.
Thanks Dalmas let’s join hands and help our people
Was there an impact evaluation? What is the impact from nurturing hens? On income? On other aspects of well being?
Enock yes we have done impact evaluation reports for the project since inception
perfect project in deed
Thanks Geofrey we apprreciate
A great project for great people.
Moses thanks hope it will make all of us great one day
we love and cherish you.Thank you for the change.
Its a bold yet a practical project.We live and love it because is has improved peoples” living standards in rural areas hence accelerating progress on the Millennium Development Goals particularly poverty alleviation
Thanks Ken for your Kind words.
woh this are really great ideas to youths and women and they can bring a great impact in the society.as it brings the intuition of mind set ideas to many job seekers in Kenya today. good work Mr makini
its so encouraging.
I like this project, it’s really easy to understand how this helps people in Kenya.
Thanks Wanyama so inspiring
A very innovative project indeed.
Thanks Juma we are truly humbled
Am Lucy student from Kenyatta University, can i get internship in your company?
You can Lucy just apply via firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes Eric one can get a job in our program send us your c.v via email@example.com for review
what strategies have you put in place to counter competition in the job market today?
By always remaining innovative in every aspect
Rearing of chicken has really changed lives in the rural areas whereby even young children are providing for themselves.Keep up James and your group
Your feeds are of high demand.Keep up
Thanks Mweronkanga let’s keep feeding our birds
I have realized that a hen can earn one a living.Big project mr Makini
I am a Veterinary Doctor will love to visit your enterprise
You deserve the award
Thanks Musa Keep Sharing in your network
Am proud member
We are always proud having you
Many youth groups have put the ideas into practice and they are doing well.Continue with the same spirit
Great. We will keep it up Mucuune
Bravo to team for impacting positively on the society.
So proud of you! Keep up with the same spirit
Thanks so much, Let’s join hands to change our society
We fully support the initiative it has transformed rural families
I like your youth and women groups mobilization skills
We appreciate that you found it necessary to set up a demonstration poultry house in our village
We were proud seeing you in our school
Keep it up
One Hen very innovative how can i join
Chicken farming has a huge potential to change ones live
Yes youth we can! Good job
Can i get KARI-Kienyeji eggs?
I have managed to reach 100 hens from 1 hen in one year
Glad to see my classmates going places
Always praying for you guys to soar higher and higher
I like the part that one returns 2 hens not money
Chicken are source of white meat that is highly recommended
Rather than giving money, give them chicken lol!
I make chicken coops how can i sell to you
Are your coops movable
Think of incorporating chicken trivia in your programs to schools
We will look into that
From a hen, goat…cow ….big business nice idea
Do you have vaccination programs for your hens?
Yes. we work in coordination with ministry of livestock
A hen and an egg which came 1st
It remains a puzzle but both have economic benefits for households
We sell poultry drinkers and feeders how can we reach you?
You can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicken farming can help reduce poverty
How many times in a year should i disinfect my coop?
After every 3 months
The ideal economical number of hens to start with is how many?
Depends on ones budget
Do your hens feed on commercial feeds only
We have Kari Kienyeji they can feed on both
I really like your story ,the power of small
I need day old chicks
You can place your order anytime via email@example.com
How can one hen change someones life?
Through sale of eggs, chicken themselves ,manure etc
I sell incubators do you need
Send your quotes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can one use sawings as chicken beddings
yes you can
Congrats for your achievements
Your work speaks by itself
This project reminds me the musterd seed parable in the bible
Small things matter
Never underestimate an idea whose time has come
I hope and trust you will keep expanding the project allover Kenya and beyond
Thanks Samwel with resources we will be expanding allover
Guys you keep inspiring us to even do more
You are my role model
I just love your slogan changing lives a hen at a time
Thanks for commendation
Your project has made me who i am today. Bravo
Simon we are proud of you
I sold hens to your project last month to pay my school fees. I like the project so much
Thats the kind of impact of the project we are talking about
I heard your project over the Radio will love to join
Welcome to our office in Keroka anytime
We are together in this
True testimony of what teams can do
yes working together pulling together
Am allergic to hens
Hens are so friendly
Am chicken farmer i really like your concept
Thanks Juma we thank God
Your initiative is one of it’s kind
True example of how value chains are powerful from 1 hen to animal feeds etc
WE appreciate Hamisi
I love your project
Our group Ebigeri is one of the beneficiaries
Yes. We are proud of your group
Your consistency and hard work has seen you guys thus far
Thanks for the observation
Always praying for you for strength and blessings
Thanks for your prayers Rhoda
We will always support you
Can supply you with fishmeal for your feeds
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Do you sell breeding cocks?
We do Dick
Hens can open economic opportunities
Great initiative it is
A clear indication of the potential in our youths
We are humbled bro
Am glad i took you to my village to train women and youths
We received our hens and coops last month we are looking forward to big sucesss
Thanks Lona we will keep supporting your group
As one hen field staff am determined to see we reach every homestead
Chema you guys are doing a great job out there
James and Mac you make us proud
Farming is the backbone of our economy keep doing it
Chicken farmers sacco has enabled collective selling
Your project teams are well versed with the concept
Children in our school were excited to benefit from one hen
Thanks we will ensure they pass on to others
The act of robbing young farmers to the program is on point
Your project is self explanatory
Glad to see hens creating opportunities
I just love your undying spirit
Thanks Kapsa we must work around the clock
Approximate cost of a chicken house for 100 birds?
It will depend with location, cost of raw materials etc
Nothing comes easy you have to toil and moil
A hen that laid a golden egg for us
A good one
Excellent job keep it up
I want to start chicken farm any advice?
Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
We need chicken feeds how can we get them
You only need to tell us your location within Kisii and Nyamira we will link you up to our agents
Any impact assessment on the one hen project?
Yes Impact assessment on the project has been done.
Proud of your team they have been coming to our group
Thanks Rit they will still keep coming
Am proud of you James and Mac your work speaks by itself. Keep it up OHC
One Hen sky is the limit
A great initiative in Agribusiness
Your project has changed lives in our youth
Tam thanks so much
Our community has changed their way of thinking from your trainings
Sang we really appreciate
I need to start a poultry farm but am afraid on diseases. advice please
We will hold your hand all the way never worry just be in one of our groups in your village
great job so far am inspired by you guys
with poultry farming my garden is great. need more of your chicken and feeds.
Our group is beneficiary of your project thanks for remembering us
Thanks we appreciate your support.
my students are more creative from your last encounter. pay us a visit again to see there progress
Thanks Nat we will definitely come
Your hens are always health and chicks grow very fast
great job guys. one hen at a time
I learnt of one hen when i was last in our village great job you are doing guys
Congratulations James and Mac. Keep doing us proud
I really enjoyed your last training on chicken anatomy
Good job. Looking forward to replicate
You can always contact us via email@example.com for partnerships
Your project is truly inspiring and refreshing
sky is not the limit really make poultry the way to farming and living
Success is beyond the sky
Keep up the good work of changing lives
great job! wish you all the best
good job to the community
Yes. The community has made us strong
We appreciate the good work one hen is doing in the community to impact positively on women and youth.
Thanks so much
You are good role models
The project is transformative
be blessed for employing kenyans
God bless you
Changing lives in a big way
May God bless the work of your hands
Unique project keep it up
We are humbled
good work in our youths way of thinking
This project will go places
Thanks Somy together it will
one hen unlimited
very much impressed
We are humbled
i got mentors
How can i book for chicks?
Tom contact us on 0728366185
from my name chicken is the way to go and one hen is the way to go
incredible. how and where do i start guys. i like your initiative
Just a hen
which is the best hybrid to start with?
Keep pressing higher
Good work to kick out poverty
press higher to a higher mark to touch all people
Thanks Inkol we will
Kudos for the good job may God bless the work of your hands
was motivated by OHC and will always be motivated. will visit your plant for more advice
Sameta Thanks and welcome
An excellent initiative
am loving your ideas each day
from a hen to feeds to the community! we are impressed out here.
We are thankful scroll
I welcome your ambitions and i hope to join you soon
Good job one hen
i need visit you people. my chicks are hatching and need a way to rear them without fear
You are welcome
May your generous hearts be replenished. God bless
i love your programme
We are humbled
Fantastic progress . Keep up the good work
where exactly in kisii is your poultry farm
I want the project of hens to start in my church
you are great mentors
We are humbled
Good work God bless
i like this project. people have improved in farming especially using the chicken droppings in their farm. great idea
Thanks Chari we appreciate
A good initiative that youths need
am really impressed. if i can be advised by young men and make my life worthy living this far then i should say thank you. keep up
loving poultry because of OHC
You make us proud
A good organnisation to help young people
Thanks Moindi appreciated
It has huge potential to eradicate poverty
Why not 20 hens
A step at a time
kenya is blessed. young minds coming up. great
We thank God
possible solutions indead
Solutions that last
Best project so far in Kenya
Thanks Ndiro you make it so
Continue and aspire for greater heights
Of course Rose
one hen can change many lives in a day
May God be with you all the time
God is Good
A great innovation
already Kenya has great men to make it happen for others in the future
Thanks so much
Unity is strength Good work
United we stand divided we fall
You have a great vision
with one hen you can change how you view life. you are so determined to change our nation guys
Maradona we appreciate
am really becoming an entrepreneur. your advice worked
You are the most welcome
one hen has made me a proud farmer. now that you supply me with feeds my chicken are proudest
Glad to hear that Iteere
am growing in farming than i thought. which is the best way to preserve and transport eggs?
You can use egg trays and stack them together
am having problems with my chicks. how can i protect them from cold?
You can use electricity bulb or Jiko
am a proud father. my son came with a hen and now we have ten. he sells the eggs saying “we were told by one hen that we should sell two eggs and buy story books ” great work
We are always thrilled by such sentiments Moilo
on behalf of Riakimai women group we are so grateful. we are now aiming top chamas in Kenya from poultry farming. thanks to OHC
what makes chicks drop their feathers? thanks
keep the spirit OHC
great work team OHC
lets change how our lives with ONE HEN CAMPAIGN
one hen indeed has changed my thinking. with my bodaboda profit i started poultry and now my part time job is my first job. poultry has my time now. my income my fee
guys lets meet one hen we change our lives
am moving mountains with your feeds. they are great. i collect 160 eggs in a day with 200 chickens
your feed are incredible.thanks for visiting my farm
i am really having my chicks very healthy. need more advice and feeds
if one can come to visit you can you train that person on poultry
am really happy of your initiative
a friend of my needs your advice on chicken diseses
you are not letting us down
days of our lives with OHC are really beautiful. i keeps chickens i get fertilizer. economy is really good
what is OHC?
how do i keep my chicks from diseases am so scared?
how do i feed my hens?
what is the best way to build a poultry house?
i love your team work
keep up the spirit
i need to be a made a bigger poultry house guys. next month. tell me when you can
you are really maintaining the standards of a good nation
keep in touch with kenyans.
forward ever backward never
we need you people in Nyantaro primary school Nyamira county
supply us with cages in St.Loise primary. the chicks you gave to our students have become many with no safe cages
am so honored by you. i need bigger cages for my poultry
with the bird my daughter brought home from school(Nyatieko primary) we never lack an option to pay fees and buy food. kindly offer us with one bigger cage.
good work. visit Gucha people with cages and more hens
am working on cages but they are really not good. need help guys
am borrowing the idea already
am an upcoming farmer. am encouraged
thanks for coming up
we are proud of you
this initiative is brilliant
am so excited
go ahead men
when will i get the chicks and cages
i need KARI kienyeji
i need cages
need 7 months chicks with 2 bigger size cages
this is a good idea
keep climbing the ladder
very essential project
OHC is the way to go
with OHC no poverty
no doubts you are going heights
i need day old KARI kienyeji chicks
supply me with cages
you are really eagles
sow high always
OHC should be practiced globally because its changing lives. it has changed me
if we cant land on the moon lets land in OHC
brown layers are the best. order with cages
how can i say thank you enough. bravo
one hen at a time. great
we appreciate you people
i need to learn more of OHC
Moving on very fast
no turning back
this is a great and well planned idea
thanks for the ideas
great minds for Africa to grow
great minds to great future.
Makini and Mac congratulations
fastest growing bussiness
am encouraged by this young mind.bravo
minds that Africa needs from Kenya
experience has brought the best in you guys. OHC has now a way to make cages and feeds. interesting
platform for knowledge
you going far than we thought
i love how organised your company is. keep the fire burning
impressive work to you Makini and Mac
ideas for better you are from OHC
am really see Africa rising
Kenya is rising in rising Africa with OHC
what is the maximum number of chicks do the biggest cage carry?
you have really changed live positively. always liking it
leaders in the making. brilliant and wooow
always innovative young leaders. i need cages for 150 chickens. is it possible
i like how determined you are to save our Nation. keep on racing.
you have made as women to shine from your projects ideas. thanks
people your thinking will earn our shoulder as the youth
i like this inspiring idea
be held together always. OHC for life
nice and bright future for us youth in Kenya.
am liking the project
Africa is blessed with you OHC
simple minds great ideas
sowing on greater heights with KARI kienyeji from OHC
always standing with you. supply as with more cages in NYANTURAGO
project of the year
i wont mind you visiting Riacha youth group with more cages and chickens
success in all your work plan.
we wont let you time
i need to have a schedule on how to hatch eggs without loss
beautiful indeed. got to emulate you guys
you are my poultry mentors. i love the project
despite academic performance our children are now thinking like business people. impressed
this project has been so helpful to us youth. please revisit our grou. we are increasing daily and cages are becoming scarce
real Africa eagles. sow in our youth,children and women. we need those minds
we need to have president in farming especially poultry. you are increduble
you make events happen.
excellent social innovation.
our support behind OHC
OHC has become international
where do you get timber from ? do you buy or you have planted them?
one hen can feed Africa am impressed
i heart you guys. with Makini and Mac OHC is going global. our women and young people are catered for
employment is always key and balanced. great job
OHC is becoming the hot bed of poultry and feeds
one hen has made my farming easier. am given all at once. feeds, eggs, chicks and cages what a way to be stable economically
great job already
we are impressed by the idea
i agree this is awesome
simple, effective and very effecient
our solution is OHC
WOW MakiniMac am moved
this is a complete Nation saviour
We believe in what you are doing. You are going places
cant move to poverty because my eggs always tell me its not me. OHC has changed my way of living.
Chicken is wealth
innovation of the year
I love animals
I love the part of gift from grandmother lol
am honored to be a group lead by OHC
Hens can give people wings to fly
We use chicken feathers as pillow
we are rejuvenated by these wonderful project
Do you have roosters
Our lecturer told us about the project am happy reading about it here
I have now realised we can keep hens as a business
possible ways possible project. keeping a chick to get chicks
Good work James
beautiful minds to save us. need more cages
I want to buy hens for my parents too
am enlightened by OHC. With the wonderful feeds and KARI chicks
Your project deserves a global recognition
aww nice one
Have witnessed lives being changed one homestead at a time
am joining the project soon. we need to be held up to keep Africa up on her beauty
We are always looking for such ideas from young people
Turning ideas into action
the way to go
poultry keeping looks easy to start
we want you to pay as a visit in Eldoret
I like hens that scavenge around the compound
We cant wait for one stop shop for a poultry farmer
very adorable project
when will hens come home to roost?
i admire your hardwork to help our community
What’s the medicine for hens that break eggs
we are amused as teachers in Gekano primary of how productive you have made our students. thanks
How many months does a hen take to start laying eggs
I read about your program in Young farmers magazine in campus! kudos guys
impressively good work done. supply as with more feeds and more cages at Gianchere primary school women group
i like how ambitious you are and how you have made our youth to think better from drug abuse
am ignited by this life of keeping kuku
Thanks for the motivation
this is touching me to poultry
Keep empowering farmers
keep educating us
I need my hen too
am passionate on rearing chicks how will i do it?
We need to revise our economic thinking to give full value to our natural resources.
Great innovation in this 21st century keep it up
We need your project in our village
you are role models
Viva one hen
Great idea of our times
You will help people with chicken abbatoir
how do I vaccine my chicks please
Life is a serious thing
I love chicken they take small space
good work indeed
Backyard chicken farming is way to go
I fear slaughtering hens
Roasted chicken are so sweet
good work indeed we need people think beyond educational level
A clear example of a bottom up approach in empowering a community
James we appreciate your work