30 women now have chickens and most of them have already repaid the borrowed money to the women’s cooperative. The Village Safe and Loan System has been successfully implemented!
Another 10 women were able to afford a group of chickens thanks to the so called village save and loan system. Now there are already 20 women who can provide for their family with the chickens.
Thanks to the self-initiative of the women and the help of Roots for Life, ten of them were able to buy chickens in January 2017. Carola Gosch visited the village at Easter 2017 to taste the eggs and to entertain the whole village with traditional Austrian “Eierpecken”. It’s a fun game, played at Easter, where two contestants have to clash their egg against the other. The one with the undamaged egg wins and can play against the next challenger. Already six months after the start of the group, another ten women now have the possibility to gain a source of income with chickens. In addition to the eggs, which are used especially for the villagers’ own consumption, the chickens are also raised and sold.
The first chickens were purchased for 10 women. As there is little experience in keeping several chickens it will be crucial to accumulate and exchange knwoledge and experiences.