The man who makes Sh15,000 a-week slaughtering chicken
SEE ALSO: Broody chicken kills six-month-old babyWith time, he made a name for himself, and got contracts with prestigious hotels, major supermarkets and poultry farmers within Meru and Nairobi. Depending on the requirements of his clients, Lazarus either slaughters the chicken at their premises or at his suppliers’ poultry farms. Five years on and his impressive portfolio of steady clients earns him an average of Sh15,000 a week. The challenges But it’s not been easy going. The biggest challenge Lazarus faces, he says, is getting the temperature of water used to pluck the chickens right.
SEE ALSO: Village fury as hen pecks baby to death“If you dip a chicken in water that’s too hot, the meat breaks apart and the client rejects it.” Further, some clients reject chicken that don’t meet a certain weight threshold. “A client like a supermarket may reject birds that have not met their weight standards, and if you don’t find another client or lack refrigerated storage, you can face a heavy loss.” Lazarus, who dropped out of school in Form Three after being lured away by entrepreneurship, says he would not advice young people to give up education for the promise of quick money from business. “I dropped out of school because I had known the sweetness of money at a very young age. I had run away from school for a few hours to a Jua Kali stall where I’d make six sufurias and sell them at Sh3,000. I came to perceive schooling as pointless,” he says.
SEE ALSO: We made first million from chickenHe, however, rues this decision because he says there are opportunities that remain out of reach for him due to his lack of secondary school certificate. Lazarus adds that he doesn’t get to celebrate holidays. “You’ll never find me taking time to celebrate when other people are because that’s when I am in most demand. However, I make up for this during slow months like June, which also happens to be my birth month.” Lazarus plans to rear his own chicken soon to boost earnings.
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