Aspiring chicken farmer shares her journey

31 March 2021 | Agriculture

Tunohole Mungoba - Oshakati



Raised in Ongongo, Onaanda, 36-year-old Foibe Angombe from Oshakati grew up watching her late grandmother, Emilia Mpingana Amunyela, build a successful business in the chicken farming industry.

“I was always fascinated at how fast the chickens were growing and how versatile they can be in the business space. This was when I knew I also wanted to try my hand in this business,” Angombe says.

Between 2014 to 2015, Angombe and her younger brother decided to collaborate in a chicken business on a larger scale.

“Initially, we wanted an area of business that was close to the road, but that did not materialise. So I decided to start small and begin my business here at home. In 2016, I registered my business, Mpingana Chicken Farming, after my grandmother,” she says.

Finances proved to be a struggle for Angombe, but she still managed to push through and in 2019, she bought 25 chicks.

“I kept them at home for three months and after some time, I bought another batch of chicks. So in total, I had about 70 chicks.”

She sent the chicks to her village and they are currently growing there with the help of her aunt, Nepeti Nambala and other casual workers.

Inspiration

“I was always inspired by reading the success stories of female entrepreneurs such as Twapewa Kadhikwa. She is also a chicken farmer and this motivated me even further,” she says.

Angombe did experience several challenges and she says it is important to learn and move on in business. “Taking care of chicks is not child’s play. There are diseases that you need to protect them from and you need proper vaccines. Chicken feeds are costly and proper housing is important as well. Some of my chickens died and I also had to sell some in December to make money.”

In 2016, Angombe applied for the microfinance grant from the regional office via the ministry of local government, but her application was unsuccessful. “I was very disappointed, because the grants are aimed at assisting small businesses with building materials and different tools and equipment you need. I decided that I was not giving up and this year, my application was successful and I received a 528-egg incubator to the value of N$11 000.”

Last year she ordered 50-layer chickens that are solely for the purpose of laying table eggs for consumption.

“Business is on track. There is a high demand especially for chicken meat and I plan on expanding soon to cater and meet these demands,” she says. “I am also focusing on mixed breed chickens to fully maximise the chicken farming industry.”