We’re about to embark on a whole new stage in our development! After three years of working on our franchising programme, we’ve outgrown our NGO partner’s small school site. This is where we currently raise one-day-old chicks through their vaccination period for the microfranchisees. We’ve also outgrown our central chicken coop which is starting to fall apart.
So it’s time to develop a micro-farm. The farm will be used to expand our central chicken coop facility so we can increase capacity, test new franchisable concepts and improve production methods (for example recycling the chicken manure). We’ll also raise and sell chickens at the farm to cover operational costs within Cambodia.
We anticipate that a micro-farm will support around 250 families to run their microfranchises. Over time, we plan to replicate this model to other regions in Cambodia and South East Asia.
We’ve now located a perfect piece of land (114m x 42m) for our first micro-farm, which is 2km from our current centre in Chhouk. We plan to build five broiler coops and a base for our project there, as well as dig a well and fence off the property for security, in partnership with local NGO World Education School.
We’re excited about this next phase and we’re inviting you to help us.
To secure the land and pay for infrastructure, we need to raise NZ$12,000 by November 2014.
We’ve already raised 10% ($1,200) of the $12,000 needed by way of a donor who has committed to match, dollar for dollar, the first $1,200 raised. That means for every $1.00 you put in there will be a $2.00 benefit, up to the first $2,400.
We’ve set up a give-a-little zero fees fundraising page - every dollar counts and no contribution is too small. To help us achieve our goal so we can help more ultra-poor people, click here to donate.
Gerard and Hana Wakefield
We founded Catalyst Microfranchising after living in South East Asia and seeing first-hand the daily struggle the ultra poor face in meeting their basic needs.