Amit was one of the home-farmers that we recently visited in November. Amit is a 28-year-old man who had no source of income before he came across Nirdhan’s poultry programme six months ago in our newest location, Sundia, which was opened in April. He was occasionally involved in family vegetable vending but did not have any permanent means of earning for his family of eight. His father is very old and ill, his brother earns a little through selling ghugni (a type of lentil). They do not have any land of their own. Occasionally Amit bought vegetables from farmers in his village and sold them at a tiny in the market.
His enthusiasm and interest in the poultry programme gave him new hope for his family. He started the enterprise, did it very well and has now evolved into a micro-entrepreneur with more than 50 chickens. He made good profits from the first two toolkits and built a low-cost coop with bamboo and hay. He then took three toolkits at once (30 chickens). He has eight chickens that are laying eggs on a regular basis from the older batches. He aspires to expand capacity to 500-1000 chickens. He is extremely happy with the programme and now has a stable income for his family. He has also referred the programme to many neighbours who are now benefiting from the programme. Amit takes his chickens to Kolkata to sell them at higher prices – compared to the local market. He works extremely hard and says “I want to become a large poultry farm owner to educate my son and send him to the city for a high paying job”. He does not want the children in his family to see the same conditions which he and his brother had to undergo in their childhood.