Mangodo started a chicken business with $900 from Munhu’s community grant program and has now diversified into buying and selling maize (corn) to supply the local market. The group has already paid back the $900 seed money.
Mangondo was formed by a group of 4 entrepreneurial villagers who saw an opportunity to improve the lives of their families through the Munhu community grant program. The group received $900 in October 2010. A local agricultural extension officer trained the group members in good practices for raising chicken. Armed with the funds and the knowledge, the members started their chicken business.
Mangondo has successfully raised and sold several chicken batches and the business continues to grow. With a keen eye for diversifying their business, the group also started buying and selling maize. The maize side business is a lucrative venture that fills a community need and also compliments the chicken business.
The area in which these women live received poor rains this year, resulting in poor harvests for most of the surrounding communities, with most families needing to buy maize to feed their families until the next harvest. Mangondo buys maize from other districts and sells it to villagers in the surrounding communities. Maize is used to make the main staple food called sadza, and is also used to make chicken feed to supply local small business owners whose livelihoods depend on raising and selling chickens.
The members of Mangondo are very appreciative of the seed money they received to start the project. One of the members said, “We noted that it helped us in several ways and it has since become our sole source of income.” They can now afford to feed and clothe their families and send their children to school. Mangodo paid off the money in February 2013.