Sunday, May 24, 2009

Success story: Chickens for Education

Rev. and Mrs. Maurice Munthali are founders of HopeHome #1--a ministry household of 15 children (3 of their own and the rest taken in after the death of Maurice’s three brothers and their wives from AIDS). Initial funding was provided by Hopegivers, but after two years, funding for HopeHome #1 was depleted. We heard from Mrs. Munthali of how Josie had given her some money to buy some chickens to raise for meat. How the business grew to 50 chickens at a time. After 6 weeks of feeding, she sells them for twice the amount she paid. Minus the price of seed, she still almost doubles her money, enough to put her three remaining children through secondary school. What an inspirational story of how a household can become self-supporting, at least enough to sustain the high cost of secondary school education.