Our first bit of good news came via a donation of US$500 from Jennifer and Brian Ghidinelli in California. The funds were donated to purchase our own starting stock for the poultry initiative and get this off the ground. As stated in previous newsletters, we want to provide the village with a ready source of protein through eggs and meat. Locating laying hens of the right age that aren’t passed their prime has proved somewhat of a challenge and we have decided to purchase younger chickens that we can feed up and nurture into laying hens of our own. Just last week after months of looking, Harry managed to find a supplier from a nearby village who will assist us with chickens of the correct age.
Running the operation this way will hopefully prove to be more sustainable and offer a better chance of providing employment initially to one dedicated member of the community with the possibility to expand the workforce once output increases. Although there are many people in the village who are willing to assist, the project is looking for someone to take on the responsibility and dedicate their time in full to making this a successful and long term resource. At present, Harry and Smilling are spreading the word and looking for a candidate to take on the challenge. The funds are to remain in the bank account until we have found the right person for the job and all elements to ensure the success of this initiative are in place. Thanks Jennifer and Brian for making this possible, updates to follow.