NOMAD-LCMO Chicken Project
In mid-2019, The Guardian Project, Nomad Tanzania and LCMO launched a community backyard poultry enterprise in Usevya and Kibaoni villages of Mpimbwe District Council. The project focuses on supporting marginalized women in native chicken rearing, to help supplement their food source and income rather than relying in seasonal farming.
The phase 1 of the project started with 15 households who were trained and each given nine hens and one rooster. The breed is purely native because of the harsh conditions of the area but we have improved their performance through providing better sheds, better feeds and timely health checkups.
This project is run in a pay forward form where beneficiaries donates 3-4 chicks after their first production which will be given to new community members. LCMO will also help the beneficiaries access good markets for their products.
We are also promoting composting through this project where the beneficiaries are trained on how to utilize chicken remains to make compost that will boost their small vegetable gardens around their backyards.
We are planning to introduce Community Conservation Banks (COCOBA) through this project that will enable the beneficiaries contribute to a common bank and also access low interest loans that will enable them invest in alternative income generating activities.