Amos Nyambane is a graduate of Dedan Kimathi University with a bachelor’s degree in Procurement. After graduating in 2016, he applied for over 100 jobs in Nairobi but was not lucky enough to secure any of them. This prompted him to seek alternative means of earning a living. He later came across a story of a successful farmer named Caleb Karuga online, which inspired him to start his own chicken farm.
At first, his parents were skeptical about his decision to venture into farming. However, this did not deter him from establishing Mkulima Sharp, where he rears and supplies Kuroiler, Rainbow Rooster, and Kenbro one-day-old chicks. Nyambane mostly supplies the chicks to farmers within Kisii County and its surrounding areas. Thanks to his Facebook account, he has managed to work with farmers from other towns such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, and Kisumu.
To start off, Nyambane engaged in menial jobs that helped him raise money to buy 40 indigenous chicken breeds. He sold them to a broker at Ksh 300 each, not aware of how the value chain works. He then bought improved kienyeji and acquired 150 kuroiler breeds at Ksh 50 each from a hatchery in Homa Bay to start again. Today, he sells chicks at his farm for between Ksh 75 to Ksh 85, earning him up to Ksh 30,000 per week since he works with over 18,000 farmers across the country.
Nyambane feeds his chickens on kales and three-week-old Napier grass planted on a two-acre leased piece of land in Kisii. With the high demand for chicks, Nyambane sources additional chicks from hatcheries in Homa Bay and Kampala for delivery to clients. He supplies the chicks on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of every week, and advises clients to pay upfront before delivery.
Nyambane’s success story is an inspiration to many Kenyan youths who have been unable to secure employment after completing their studies. His entrepreneurial spirit and determination to succeed against all odds have enabled him to carve out a niche for himself in the competitive agricultural industry. He is a living testimony that with hard work and perseverance, one can achieve their dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem.