Cuddalore (Pop. 2.6m+) is a flood and cyclone prone district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is reportedly one of the country’s 250 most backward districts with a per capita income of around USD 400.
In 2017, whilst looking for a solution to help the poor develop a sustainable income stream to feed themselves, a team from the Micro-Credit Fund in Israel (MCFII), came up with the innovative idea of a chicken loan.
By early 2019, after successfully seeding 120 family farms, and benefiting from the return of 5 chicks from each family farm, 12 Chicken Farm@Cuddalore had enough chicks and chickens to independently continue the work of helping other poor families in the area.
The onsite Co-ordinator is continuing the work by identifying and training other suitable Co-ordinators to expand the project into villages further afield.
12 Chicken Farm@Cuddalore no longer requires any further assistance with chicken loan injections.
“The chickens helped a lot. My family income has been raised because of it. Selling the eggs and chickens put food on the table and my children can continue their education.”Rekha, Chicken Farmpreneur
“My husband is a drunkard. I had no income to survive and no hope. My life was very terrible. Then they gave me the chickens. I see them as a special gift. My husband started to change by seeing these chickens. He started to feed them and began to take responsibility for them. I feel much better and at peace.”Rekha, Chicken Farmpreneur
MCFII – WHO WE ARE
Established in 2014, MCFII is a non-profit association known as AMUTA (Registration Number: 580582468) in Israel. It’s primary objective is to help the needy become financially independent, especially those who have made Aliyah. MCFII funds come under the jurisdiction of Israel Ministry of Finance.
I want to grow these chicken to many many. This is my dream and vision. READ
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These chickens are as my extra blessing because with these I now have enough. READ
I dream that this 12 chicken farm will bless the lives of many and totally change their living standard. My vision is that these chickens will unlock blessing and break the curse of poverty over lives. READ