Criminal Justice student used Helb money to start chicken farming; makes Sh5,000 monthly from eggs
University students love Higher Educations Loans Board (Helb) money. And while some comrades spend every penny of it irrigating their throats, others use it to take their campus girlfriends for dinners and raves.
But there are others who, like the Biblical servants who were each given a talent by their master, choose to invest and grow the money. Take Faith Matayen, for instance. The 22-year-old sunk her Helb loan into chicken-rearing.
“I applied for Helb loan immediately I joined campus in 2017 where I was awarded Sh37, 000. I have always dreamt of self-employment and decided to invest this cash in chicken rearing,” she said. Her farming journey dates back from a young age where she observed her parents keep livestock.
“I grew up watching my parents farm, and when I received the Helb money, I decided to direct my money into something I was certain I would do past my campus life,” the third-year student said.
The Kibabii University student, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, says that she had to delay in starting her business due to the low amount that she was receiving at the beginning of her studies.
It was until December 2019 that she started rearing chicken at their rural home in Kajiado East constituency, Mashuru area. Matayen says she loves farming despite taking a different course because it gives her a chance to make money and reduce expenses that she directs to her parents.
Today, she is rearing at least 50 chicken in her home although she cites numerous challenges that have knocked at her door.
“It has not been a walk in the park rearing chicken due to the numerous disease outbreaks that have seen many of my chickens die,” she said.
Adding: “Our area is also dry and the temperatures are not conducive to keep the chicken in a locked place yet we have other predators like the eagles that snatch the chicks.”
She told Campus Vibe that while she’s at the university, her dad ensures that her chickens are well taken care of.
“He keeps me posted and tells me what is expected and how my chickens are doing. He is very supportive and wants to see my project succeed,” she said.
In a project that she pumped in Sh15,000 at seed capital, she makes at least Sh5,000 in a good month from selling eggs alone.
Looking back, Matayen has no apologies for using her Helb loan to venture into farming since she is now capable of footing college fees and personal expenses.
“From the proceeds, I get from my hustle, I can now live better in school without having to make frequent phone calls home for pocket money,” she said.