Amos Nyambane is among millions of Kenyan youths who ended up exploiting other options after spending years in university.
Following his graduation, Nyambane was hopeful of landing a job but he couldn’t, forcing him to engage in something different to make ends meet.
He opted to try a hand in Agriculture and established Mkulima Farm where he rears and sells Kuroiler, Rainbow Rooster, and Kenbro one-day-old chicks.
Here is Nyambane’s story as told by WoK.
Amos Nyambane graduated from Dedan Kimathi University with a bachelor’s degree in Procurement in 2016.
He joined the job market with hopes of securing a job but he was not lucky forcing him to exploit other options.
“After graduating in 2016, I went to Nairobi and applied for over 100 hundred jobs, but I couldn’t find one,” he said.
Nyambane later came across a story of one Caleb Karuga, a farmer, online which inspired to start his own chicken farm.
“At first, my parents were not of the idea of me venturing into farming; they could not believe how a learned person could risk on farming instead of working in a big office in the city,” he said.
He went on to establish Mkulima Sharp where he rears and supplies Kuroiler, Rainbow Rooster, and Kenbro one-day-old chicks.
Nyambane mostly supplies the chicks to farmers within Kisii County, where he runs his farm from, and its surrounding areas.
To start off, he engaged in menial jobs which helped him raise money that he used to buy 40 indigenous chicken breeds.
Having bought the chicks at Ksh 200 each, he ended up selling them to a broker at Ksh 300 each as he was not aware of how the value chain works.
He went on to buy some improved kienyeji and acquired 150 kuroiler breed at Ksh 50 each from a hatchery in Homa Bay to start all over again.
Today, he sells chicks at his farm for between Ksh 75 to Ksh 85; earning him up to Ksh 30,000 per week since he works with over 18,000 farmers across the country.
Nyambane feeds his chicken on kales and three-week-old Napier grass planted on a two-acre leased piece of land in Kisii.
Thanks to his Facebook account, he has managed to work with farmers from among other towns Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret and Kisumu.
With the high demand of chicks, Nyambane sources additional chicks from a hatchery in Homa Bay and Kampala for delivery to clients.
“We supply the chicks on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of every week; in this, we advise clients to pay affront before delivery,” he said.