Private schools in Kirinyaga turn to chicken farming to stay afloat
Several Private schools in Kirinyaga County have opted to venture in poultry farming after schools were closed on March to curb the spread of COVID-19
Speaking on Friday at a classroom where he is rearing over 4000 chicks, the proprietor of Brethered School Joseph Maina said he was forced to explore other income-generating activities after trying in vain to pay his private school teachers.
“We are rearing chicken in our classrooms so that I can earn something for my family upkeep’ Maina said
Maina and his wife Beatrice said they were also forced to visit a local bank in Mwea where they convinced the bank manager to stop their loan of Ksh. 2 million.
“I think you can see how COVID-19 has affected my business where I was depending on over 400 parents, ” He added.
James Kung’u, a proprietor of Roka Academy also ventured into farming and has ploughed the school’s playground .
He also rears chicken inside some of the classrooms where learning was stopped by the global pandemic.
” I have retained 8 teachers in my school, and they are managing vegetables and children and we are doing well’ Kung’u said
The two school-owners say they had invested in the schools and currently have loans that need servicing.
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