COCO envision a world where every child everywhere has access to quality education. This project will develop a much-needed poultry income generation project in the poor community of Bwayi; diversifying local employment opportunities and helping families to be able to send their children to school.
Several issues have trapped families in Bwayi in a cycle of poverty. High levels of HIV and outbreaks of violence have left many orphaned children in the care of elderly, widowed grandmothers who struggle to afford food, healthcare, and education. Rather than attending school, children as young as 9 are forced into casual labour or sent to work on large farms. This work is highly competitive, seasonal, and exploitative, with adults receiving 40p per day, and children even less.
In partnership with COCO, local CBO Niaver will help to diversify the employment opportunities available to vulnerable families in Bwayi by expanding their community-led poultry income generation project. Niaver will increase the capacity of their existing project to 2,500 chickens which will lay 2,250 eggs/day. These eggs will be sold to vulnerable families at a reduced price for them to sell for profit or consume as a vital source of protein. The rest will be sold for income at local markets.