Enterprise

Poultry farming turns into money-spinner for ex-accountant

Lillian Akinyi Okwiri with a three weeks-old broiler at  her Nyamasaria  home in Kisumu. Ms Okwiri says she gets at least Sh100,000 every five weeks from selling broilers, which cost Sh400 each. Photo/Jacob Owiti
Lillian Akinyi Okwiri with a three weeks-old broiler at her Nyamasaria home in Kisumu. Ms Okwiri says she gets at least Sh100,000 every five weeks from selling broilers, which cost Sh400 each. Photo/Jacob Owiti 

It is the desire to be her own boss that saw Lillian Akinyi Okwiri become one of the most successful poultry keepers in Kisumu.

Mrs Okwiri, 50, quit her job as an accountant after being in formal employment for only six months. To her friends, this was a risky gamble but she was convinced that time was ripe for her to go into self-employment.

“I always dreamt of being my own boss someday and I opted to hasten the process. What worried me most was whether I would still earn as much money as I did when I was employed,” she says.

After quitting her accounting job, she realised that she didn’t have enough money to go into poultry rearing, a market she had realised had few players.
She started with selling second-hand clothes to generate enough cash to venture into poultry keeping.