We have been awarded funding from Kitchen Tables Charities Trust to set up a community garden, orchard, borehole & fowl runs. The £10,000 grant will enable us to fence off a piece of land around 8700sqm, site and drill a borehole, put up a shade greenhouse, build fowl runs for chickens, ducks, turkeys, guinea fowl. Fencing the land will make it more secure and also allow us to start our beekeeping project.
Poultry Farming – Roadrunner chickens (Free Range) are very popular in Zimbabwe as they are easy & cheap to keep as they need very little feeding. The birds sell for around $8/$10 and are very nutritious. We aim to breed them to enable us to loan birds to disadvantaged people so that they can start their own projects. Also to be able to sell for meat to raise income to further the Trust’s work.
Turkeys, Ducks and Guinea Fowls are other popular birds in Zimbabwe. We aim to start breeding these to enable us to loan birds to others to start their own projects. These birds sell for around $12 – $25 depending on size, again are very nutritious and lay many eggs. These projects would work the same way as the roadrunner project.
Quails became very popular in Zimbabwe in 2015, known for their nutritional values. We can incubate several hundred eggs at a time and mostly sell the quails for meat to raise income for the charity and we also sell the eggs. Mainly this project is to raise income for the charity but also to help others start their own projects.
Broiler chickens, a quick turnaround chicken project, from chicks to full grown chickens in 6 weeks. We currently raise 50 chickens at a time but are limited by space which means we cannot give a constant supply to our local market. Ideally we would like to buy chicks every 3 weeks, which would mean a constant income generating project, profit every 3 weeks around $120. This project would be to raise money for the Trust’s work and enable us also to give back to the community by regularly donating chickens to the local Baptist hospital and local churches. (Something we have started doing from time to time but would like to be able to do it on a more regular basis). At present we have 3 families we support whom we’ve helped start broiler chicken projects.
We would also like to add Geese to our poultry project.
Goat House for Goat farming, currently the Trust owns 22 goats, 19 of which have been lent to 11 of the families we support (1 male and 2 females per 2 families) to enable them to build their own herd (several have given birth already and/or are pregnant). We need somewhere to keep the goats so that we can breed and lend to more disadvantaged families.
Rabbit house for Rabbit farming, there is a good local market for rabbits and they are becoming more popular. Mainly kept for meat, easy to keep and breed. This project would again mainly be to raise funds for the Trust but also to help others start their own rabbit project.
Community garden – shade greenhouse, many of our families are headed by elderly grandmothers who are unable to physically look after their own vegetable gardens, by working together they will be able to support each other and themselves. Also many of our families do not have direct access to water and this hinders them from being able to have their own gardens. The climate in Sanayti is very dry and hot most of the year and we would need to erect a shade greenhouse over the garden to protect from the sun but also from birds. The garden would be 40m x 20m initially. Produce would be shared amongst the families working with us and any excess can also be sold to raise funds.
A Borehole is needed to sustain all the projects. Better than a well that can dry up in very dry periods, the borehole will ensure a constant water supply. Fitted with pump and water tank.
An Orchard planted with orange, lemon, mango trees etc for the same purpose as the community garden.
Beekeeping where 10 – 20 hives will be set up to start our community beekeeping project. These hives will be used to train others in beekeeping and to produce honey to sell. Our training will include setting up individuals, schools, community groups etc with hives and equipment. The honey produced by the project will be combined together for selling and to enable everyone to get a fair price for their honey.
We will keep you updated on the project as we go along.
Phase one is to fence the land, this will start as soon as we return to Zimbabwe November 2017.