Amos Nyambane holds a bachelor’s degree in Procurement from Dedan Kimathi University. Despite applying for more than 100 jobs in Nairobi after graduating in 2016, he faced numerous rejections. Undeterred, Nyambane turned to alternative means of livelihood, drawing inspiration from the success story of farmer Caleb Karuga, which he encountered online. This inspiration led him to establish his own poultry farm, Mkulima Sharp.
Initially met with skepticism from his parents, Nyambane pressed on, specializing in rearing and supplying one-day-old chicks of Kuroiler, Rainbow Rooster, and Kenbro breeds. Operating mainly within Kisii County and its environs, he expanded his reach through social media, particularly on Facebook, collaborating with farmers in Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, and Kisumu.
Starting with menial jobs, Nyambane raised funds to purchase 40 indigenous chicken breeds, selling them to a broker at Ksh 300 each without understanding the value chain. Learning from this experience, he transitioned to improved kienyeji and acquired 150 Kuroiler breeds at Ksh 50 each from a hatchery in Homa Bay. Presently, he sells chicks at his farm for Ksh 75 to Ksh 85, generating up to Ksh 30,000 weekly by collaborating with over 18,000 farmers nationwide.
Nyambane’s chicken farm, situated on a two-acre leased piece of land in Kisii, relies on a diet of kales and three-week-old Napier grass. To meet the growing demand, he sources additional chicks from hatcheries in Homa Bay and Kampala for delivery to clients every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, insisting on upfront payment.
His success story serves as inspiration for Kenyan youths struggling to secure employment after completing their studies. Nyambane’s entrepreneurial spirit and determination have allowed him to carve a niche in the competitive agricultural industry, proving that with hard work and perseverance, dreams can be realized against all odds.