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Eggpreneur

Matt was born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya, a poor, rural community, where women often struggled to earn a steady income to take care of their families and feed their children. His mom faced the same struggle, and with the threat of poverty and malnutrition, she made the difficult decision to send Matt and his siblings 400km north to a Children's Home. He was 10 years old, and even now, decades later, he sees the same struggle all throughout his native country. With women having to work extremely low-paying labour jobs, such as crushing gravel for $0.80 a day away from home, he asked himself, "What would have helped my mom break free from this common struggle?"


Eggpreneur started with the idea to provide women in Kenyan communities the skills to build up a small-scale business and lift themselves out of poverty. The project uses poultry farming as a means to eradicate child malnutrition, poverty, and unemployment. Women receive a complete training guide which after completion will earn them a consistent income at home and a share of the eggs produced weekly by their chickens. The eggs supply the women with enough protein to feed their families, ​and the income helps to send their children to school for education that they otherwise would not receive. 

When Vivere Founder and Owner, Jason, heard about Matt's idea, he knew he had the knowledge and funds to help launch this project. Providing Eggpreneur with its first major donation, Matt was able to train over 80 women in Kenya, and enroll an additional 30 women into the program. With the success of Eggpreneur in Kenya, Matt hopes to launch his vision all across Africa. As an entrepreneur himself, Jason remains a mentor and adviser to Matt, even visiting the Eggpreneur headquarters in Kenya to see the continued progress first-hand.​

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What's Next for Eggpreneur? 

Currently, the Eggpreneurs are having to travel great distances to obtain water for not only their chickens, but their families, too. There was a drought that caused some of the women to become discouraged, but Eggpreneur was quick to introduce the Kukupreneur program. While this was a short-term fix, many women are still carrying 20L of water 5 times a day, walking 3km total. 

Looking towards the future, Eggpreneur is hoping to drill a borehole to provide easier access to water for both the Eggpreneur women and the entire surrounding community. This would reduce the amount of walking to less than 1km round-trip. It will be constructed at the highest point in the village, with solar panels to operate the submersible pump to bring water up from 500ft underground to an above ground storage tank. 

The hope is to have this completed in 2018. 

 

 

 

For more information about Eggpreneur, view their blog at http://www.eggpreneur.com/blog/

To get involved in Eggpreneur, visit http://www.eggpreneur.com/donate-1/


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