Reducing HIV Rates and Increasing HIV Education Through Chicken Rearing
Project Launch: 12/23/16
Zambia has one of the world's highest HIV prevalence rates as nearly an eighth of all adult Zambians are infected with the virus. Social and cultural barriers, such as stigma, ignorance, traditional gender norms, and isolation, hamper effective prevention, treatment, and diagnosis. The virus claims thousands of lives each year and women are especially affected. This project proposes the creation of a chicken coop that will enable a local women's group in rural Zambia to promote adequate nutrition (protein) and create income that will sustain their work as well as their efforts to prevent the spread of HIV and attend to the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS.
Project Update: 6/14/17
Within three weeks of receiving funding for supplies, the cooperative had 104 chickens ready to sell, and had purchased 104 more day-old chickens to create a sustainable cycle. Two weeks later, they purchased another 104 chickens, establishing a continuous cycle of chickens ready to sell at multiple times throughout the month. The group is working diligently to ensure proper broiler chicken-rearing techniques. To date, they have purchased 5 rounds of chickens with no fatalities, and have made over 20,000 kwacha ($2,000 USD). The group is using the chickens for income generation and increased protein in the diets of people living with HIV/AIDS, and those impacted by the virus and its associated ilneesses. They also hope to use the funds gained to support themselves, their families, HIV/AIDS orphans, and other community members. Funds will also go towards transportation costs for those living with HIV/AIDS so they can travel to the hospital, which is 20 kilometers away.
“Working with the Mwansakombe Positive Living Group has been one of my most favorite aspects of my Peace Corps service. They are some of the most motivated and caring people I have ever worked with. The Positive Living Group is now able to have a continuous protein source and a funding source for personal and group projects. Their confidence has flourished and they are now motivated to take their group even further by creating more action plans for large projects including a chicken layers project and a project to build a antiretroviral treatment center in the village. My favorite part of the project is knowing how greatly HIV stigma has reduced in the community. Many community members have made their HIV-positive status public after seeing the great success of the Positive Living Group and are now receiving support from the group and care from the local rural health center. ”
– Ashley, Peace Corps Volunteer
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