Tashinga 2 Group
Tashinga 2 was one of the first groups to pay back the $1200 seed money they received as part of Munhu’s community grant program. This enabled the money to be recycled into funding other groups in the community.
A group of 4 men formed Tashinga 2 and received $1200 from the community grant program in September of 2010 to start a poultry project. The members used the money to buy bricks, cement, and wire and they built a chicken run. They also bought day old chicks, feeders, and water troughs and had their chicken business up and running within 3 weeks of receiving the funds. Their business model was very simple. With 8 weeks of feeding, the chicks turned into chicken, ready for market. The members sold the chicken to locals in their community and to restaurants at a nearby township. They took the capital and profits and bought a second batch of chicks, raised and sold the chicken; and bought yet another batch of chicks and continued the cycle.
In March 2011, Tashinga 2 became the first group to pay back a portion of the $1200 seed money they received. The group repaid $800 within 6 months of receiving the funds! They paid back the whole amount by 2013. Their chicken business has been going well despite some challenges with shortage of starter chicks and also the recurrent drought years in Zimbabwe, which makes chicken feed more expensive.
In an effort to diversify operations, the group initiated a peanut butter production business in 2013. According to the members, the peanut butter business is as lucrative as the chicken business and they get handsome returns. Members grow the peanuts on their own small plots of land and also buy additional supplies from their neighbors to process into peanut butter. They sell the peanut butter in nearby townships, hospitals and boarding schools. Not only are the group members providing a needed market for the locally grown peanuts, they also provide peanut butter for the local market.
Profits from the businesses are used to buy groceries and clothes for families and to pay school tuition. Each of these members is married with 3 to 5 children of their own as well as one or more orphans they took in as part of their families. These orphans are children of either their relatives or neighbors who died of HIV/AIDS. In rural communities, people do what they can to take care of each other and each other’s children.