Coronavirus – Kenya: Private schools turn to chicken farming

Coronavirus – Kenya: Private schools turn to chicken farming

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Several Private schools in Kirinyaga County have opted to venture in poultry farming after schools were closed on March to curb the spread of COVID-19

Speaking on Friday at a classroom where he is rearing over 4000 chicks, the proprietor of Brethered School Joseph Maina said he was forced to explore other income-generating activities after trying in vain to pay his private school teachers.

“We are rearing chicken in our classrooms so that I can earn something for my family upkeep’ Maina said

Maina and his wife Beatrice said they were also forced to visit a local bank in Mwea where they convinced the bank manager to stop their loan of Ksh. 2 million.

“I think you can see how COVID-19 has affected my business where I was depending on over 400 parents, ” He added.

James Kung’u, a proprietor of Roka Academy also ventured into farming and has ploughed the school’s playground .

He also rears chicken inside some of the classrooms where learning was stopped by the global pandemic.

” I have retained 8 teachers in my school, and they are managing vegetables and children and we are doing well’ Kung’u said

The two school-owners say they had invested in the schools and currently have loans that need servicing.

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